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Judiciary Addresses Cybersecurity Breach: Extra Safeguards to Protect Sensitive Court Records

Tue, 2021-01-05 22:00
After the recent disclosure of widespread cybersecurity breaches of both private sector and government computer systems, federal courts are immediately adding new security procedures to protect highly sensitive confidential documents filed with the courts.

Duff to Retire as Administrative Office Director; Judge Mauskopf Named as Successor

Mon, 2021-01-04 21:00
James C. Duff has announced he will retire as the director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on Jan. 31. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has appointed Chief Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf, of the Eastern District of New York, as his successor, effective Feb. 1.

Chief Justice Roberts Issues 2020 Year-End Report

Thu, 2020-12-31 00:00
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has issued his 2020 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary.

Judicial Security Legislation Stalls, Awaits Congressional Action in 2021

Thu, 2020-12-17 00:00
On Wednesday afternoon, the United States Senate considered but failed to act on the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act of 2020, legislation that would enhance the security protections for federal judges nationwide.

Federal Courts Participate in Audio Livestream Pilot

Tue, 2020-12-15 00:00
Thirteen district courts around the country will livestream audio of select proceedings in civil cases of public interest next year as part of a two-year pilot program.

Judges Bring Students and Their Families an Inside Look at The Bill of Rights

Thu, 2020-12-10 00:00
Students and parents across the Midwest gathered around computer screens set up at kitchen tables, desks, and couches to join federal judges and volunteer attorneys in an educational celebration of the Bill of Rights in advance of its Dec. 15 anniversary.

Judicial and Legislative Branches to Continue Discussions on Judiciary Case Management Bill

Wed, 2020-12-09 00:00
The Judicial Conference of the United States expressed its opposition to the version of a bill passed by the House this week, saying it “will have devastating budgetary and operational impact on the Judiciary and our ability to serve the public” by imposing radical and costly changes on the Third Branch’s electronic case management system without adequate funding.

Judiciary Calls for Passage of Security Legislation

Fri, 2020-12-04 00:00
The Judiciary implores Congress to pass the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act of 2020 during the current lame duck session. The bipartisan bill if passed, would improve security at judges’ homes and at federal courthouses across the country.

Courts Suspending Jury Trials as COVID-19 Cases Surge

Fri, 2020-11-20 00:00
About two dozen U.S. district courts have posted orders that suspend jury trials or grand jury proceedings, and scale back other courthouse activities in response to a sharp nationwide rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. The surge in new court orders in recent weeks marks a significant pause in efforts by federal courts to resume full operations.

Law Clerk Hiring Plan Extended

Thu, 2020-11-12 00:00
The Judiciary’s Federal Law Clerk Hiring Pilot Plan, which makes the judicial clerkship hiring process more transparent and uniform, has been extended for two years after getting good reviews from both law school deans and judges.

Chief Justice Names Conference Committee Chairs

Fri, 2020-10-30 00:00
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. has named eight new chairs of Judicial Conference committees and extended the term of a current chair by one year. 

Bankruptcy Filings Fall Sharply for Second Straight Quarter

Thu, 2020-10-29 00:00
Despite continued high unemployment related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, personal and business bankruptcy filings fell 21.1 percent for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2020, according to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Chief Standing Bear: A Hero of Native American Civil Rights

Thu, 2020-10-29 00:00
A new Moments in History video, in recognition of Native American Heritage Month, recounts how Chief Standing Bear persuaded a federal judge in 1879 to recognize Native Americans as persons with the right to sue for their freedom, establishing him as one of the nation’s earliest civil rights heroes.

Grand Juries Carry on During Pandemic

Tue, 2020-10-27 00:00
As the federal courts have gradually resumed operations with new pandemic-era health and safety rules in place, one aspect of the courts’ mission is on a fast track: the resumption of grand jury proceedings.

Judges Share 50 Years as Colleagues and Friends

Fri, 2020-10-23 00:00
On the same afternoon in October 1970, the Senate confirmed four new federal judges from Florida. This month, three are celebrating a half-century on the bench, as well as a strong, continuing friendship.

Judge Rya Zobel to Receive 2020 Devitt Award

Tue, 2020-10-20 00:00
Senior U.S. District Judge Rya Zobel, who grew up in Nazi Germany and later became the first woman to serve as director of the Federal Judicial Center, is the recipient of the 2020 Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.