Chief Judge Sidney Thomas of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has been appointed to the executive committee of the national policy-making body for the federal courts, the circuit announced Thursday.
Thomas was appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to the Judicial Conference of the U.S., which is composed of the chief judges of each circuit, the Court of International Trade, and a single district judge from each circuit.
The Conference Executive Committee, a smaller body of the Judicial Conference, handles emergency actions, reviews the jurisdiction of the conference committees and sets the group’s agenda.
Thomas, as a member of the executive committee, will assume these additional duties.
Thomas, of Billings, Montana, became chief judge one year ago. He was nominated to the appeals court in 1996 by President Bill Clinton.