View Single Post
Old 08-23-2019, 06:51 PM
Velocity is offline
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 15,790

How many circuit-court judges is a Supreme Court justice "worth?"

It is often said that although SCOTUS gets all the high-profile attention, the circuit-level courts (such as 9th Circuit, DC Circuit, 8th Circuit, etc.) are highly important in their own right because they decide which cases even make it to the Supreme Court to begin with, and Trump and Mitch have been quietly getting many judges onto such courts.

If there is any ballpark "ratio" that one could calculate, where would it be roughly? Is one Supreme Court justice (such as replacing Ginsburg with a conservative, or Thomas with a liberal) as impactful as, say, getting 10 circuit-court judges replaced with judges of the opposite political stance? 15? 20?