The White, House of Justice has asked for 100 new attorneys and 20 additional public defenders for its top court, a top administration official said Wednesday.
The announcement was made at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that was about to begin with President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The Justice Department, according to the official, also wants to increase the number of judges on the court.
The White House did not provide any details of the request.
The official said the Justice Department also wants a small number of additional staff members for the U.S. attorney’s office, the U, S, D.C. and U. S. district courts.
The Justice Department is expected to make a decision on the hiring request in the coming days, the official said.
The hiring of 100 new lawyers and 20 other public defenders was the first step in a plan by the Obama administration to create a large new staff for the Justice’s criminal justice division.
The U.N. special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing and adequate food, a group of experts from across the world, is expected next week to report on the justice system in a bid to help address right to housing and other issues that affect people with disabilities.
In January, President Barack Obamas Justice Department said it was looking to hire 25 new public defenders and 15 new attorneys for the federal judiciary.
The department also is looking to expand its legal and judicial support staff and is recruiting a number of people in its criminal justice, immigration and child protection and human rights units, the Justice department said.