Senior status Reduces Judge Molloy’s caseload
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy of Montana has announced that he will take “Senior status”.
District Judge Molloy to step aside – Wyoming Tribune
“Senior status” means retirement from active service. Senior judges continue to hear cases, usually with a reduced case load. The announcement, however, said Molloy intends to maintain a “substantial” case load.
It also frees him to sit, by invitation, on the circuit court.
Judge Molloy’s stepping down from his seat will open a vacancy in the Montana federal district court. Vacancies are filled by appointment from the president, almost always selected by the highest politically ranked congressperson of the president’s party from the state in which the vacancy occurs.