Posted on May 28, 2003
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today announced the "Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2003" has passed by unanimous consent in the Senate. The legislation creates bankruptcy judgeships in selected districts where they are direly needed. "I commend the Senate's prompt approval of this bill," Alexander said. "It adds two additional judgeships in the western district of Tennessee, meaning more timely action on bankruptcy cases." According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, more bankruptcies were filed in 2002 than any other time in history. Bankruptcy caseloads rose to 59 percent over the past 10 years without any new judgeships. In Tennessee, there are currently five bankruptcy judges in the eastern district and four in the western district. Alexander is a co-sponsor of the bill, which was introduced by Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE). It authorizes the creation of 36 additional judgeships across the nation.