Supreme Court justices on Wednesday confirmed two more judges to fill vacancies on the nation’s most powerful appellate courts.
The three judges are Justices Joan Larsen and John P. Smith.
Larsen is the nation, and she is a former U.S. attorney in Chicago.
Smith is a district judge in Texas and a former president of the University of Texas.
The court will also appoint two additional judges in the next two years.
The appointments come after a Supreme Court nomination by the current president of Georgia, Thurgood Marshall, to fill a vacancy in the court’s 5th Circuit.
The justices will not announce the new judges, but they said they had decided to hold them in confidence until the president could fill them.
They have a total of 12 members on the court.
Smith was nominated in June by President Donald Trump to fill the seat of Judge William H. Pryor, who has retired.
Pryor has served on the high court since 2003.
The president has nominated Judge Richard Clifton to fill Pryor’s seat on the Supreme Court, and Cliford has a lifetime judicial experience.
Clifton was confirmed in a vote that was less than 2 percent of the vote.
The other two nominees are Judge Steven Colloton and Judge William Pryor, both of whom have extensive experience on the courts.