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Eastern District caseload to ease with new temporary judge

SACRAMENTO (AP) ” California’s overburdened Eastern District is getting a new judge to help relieve an acute overload of cases.

The federal judges who serve in the Sacramento-based district handle twice as many cases as the average federal judge. Last year, the district had the nation’s highest caseload.

The new judge will serve for 10 years. The Eastern District previously had a temporary judge from 1992 to 2004.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., co-sponsored legislation creating the temporary judgeship. She says easing the caseloads of judges will help make the system more prompt and fair.