The Senate Judiciary Committee announced today that the confirmation hearings to consider the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court will begin on July 13, 2009. Judge Sotomayor returned the Committee's bipartisan questionnaire on June 4. The questionnaire and attachments are available online. The date of the hearings is consistent with the average timeline for a Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation process, and should allow Judge Sotomayor to be confirmed in time for the start of next year’s Supreme Court term which begins in October.
Yesterday we released the first in a series of in-depth reports on Judge Sotomayor’s record. Alliance for Justice will release a new report a week leading up to the hearing, providing thorough analysis of key areas of Judge Sotomayor’s record: access to justice, criminal law, civil rights, constitutional law and business and consumer law. The first report on access to justice is available on our Supreme Court Watch page.