SAN FRANCISCO — Two days ahead of a congressional hearing to delve into the possibility of splitting the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, an administrative body that oversees the federal courts suggested adding five permanent positions to the court.

The Federal Judicial Conference on Tuesday included a request for five new Ninth Circuit seats among the 57 new Article III positions it is recommending that Congress create as part of a biennial review of federal caseloads. All the positions recommended by the 26-member policy-making arm of the federal judiciary would be at the district court level except the Ninth Circuit slots.

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