After a five-month review, a Supreme Court committee is recommending adding one or more district courts of appeal, which could include reassigning some circuits to different DCAs.

The District Court of Appeal Workload and Jurisdiction Assessment Committee’s September 30 report found that DCAs are generally performing well but added at least one new DCA would better promote “public trust and confidence.”

“Specifically, an additional DCA would help provide adequate access to oral arguments and other proceedings, foster public trust and confidence based on geography and demographic composition, and help attract a diverse group of well-qualified applicants for judicial vacancies, including applicants from all circuits within each district.”