Posted on May 20, 2003
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today announced the "Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2003" has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and now goes to the Senate floor. The legislation creates bankruptcy judgeships in selected districts where they are direly needed. Under the proposal, two additional judgeships would be added in the western district of Tennessee. "I commend the Judiciary Committee's approval of this bill," Alexander said. "The bankruptcy caseload has risen 59 percent over the past 10 years without any new judgeships. I am hopeful this bill will pass, so that bankruptcy matters can be dealt with in a timely manner." According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, more bankruptcies were filed in 2002 than any other time in history. 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.