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60 Years Later, Gideon’s Legacy Lives On

Thu, 2023-03-16 00:00
Clarence Earl Gideon, a Florida drifter who spent time in and out of prisons for nonviolent crimes, was an unlikely individual to help redefine a criminal defendant’s right to counsel 60 years ago in the Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright. Public Defense Week and National Public Defender Day, which occur March 18, commemorate the landmark case and the vital work of public defense lawyers.

Federal Judiciary Seeks New Judgeship Positions

Tue, 2023-03-14 00:00
The Judicial Conference of the United States today agreed to recommend to Congress the creation of new district and court of appeals judgeships to meet workload demands in certain courts.

Judiciary’s 2022 Annual Report and Statistics Now Available

Tue, 2023-03-14 00:00
The Judiciary today reported on the progress made in 2022 in a number of critical areas of court operations, including improved safety and security of judges and staff, the courthouses where they work, and the IT systems relied on by the courts for day-to-day operations.

Judiciary Seeks $9.1 Billion in FY 2024 Budget Request

Wed, 2023-03-08 22:00
The federal Judiciary is seeking $9.1 billion in discretionary funding from Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2024, an increase of 8.0 percent over the FY 2023 appropriation, according to the Judiciary’s FY 2024 budget request, which was released to the public on March 9.

Women Judges Reflect on Constance Baker Motley’s Legacy

Wed, 2023-03-01 00:00
Constance Baker Motley was the first African American woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court, and the first to serve as a federal judge. For all her achievements, Motley’s most-lasting legacy may be the generations of women she inspired to pursue careers in the law. In celebration of Women’s History Month, judges reflected on the life and career of the revered trailblazer and civil rights hero.

Ninth Circuit Holds Oral Arguments at Law School for First Time Since COVID-19

Mon, 2023-02-27 00:00
Law students watched the wheels of justice in motion as Ninth Circuit judges and attorneys gathered for oral arguments at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Additional Chapter 7 Trustee Payments Suspended for FY 2022

Wed, 2023-02-22 21:00
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has advised the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts that it has insufficient funds available to transfer to the Judiciary to make additional payments to eligible chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees for fiscal year 2022.

Courthouse Learning Center Opens in Indianapolis

Mon, 2023-02-13 21:00
The new Federal Court Learning Center in Indianapolis is now open and ready to welcome students and adults to learn about the important role the Judiciary plays in daily life.

African American Judges Offer Life Lessons

Thu, 2023-02-09 00:00
Three African American judges reflect on challenges they faced and lessons they learned before joining the federal bench, in a new Heritage Spotlight video honoring African American History Month.

Bankruptcy Filings Drop 6.3 Percent

Mon, 2023-02-06 00:00
Bankruptcy filings fell 6.3 percent for the 12-month period ending Dec. 31, 2022, continuing a fall that coincided with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But individual filings under Chapter 13 increased significantly.

Federal Courts Offer Law Day Resources on Civility and Decision-Making

Wed, 2023-01-25 21:00
Civility in the law and in life is the focus of the Judiciary’s 2023 Law Day resources for teachers, judges, and the legal community. Courtroom and classroom activities that give students real-life experience with civil discourse and solid decision-making skills are at the heart of the Judiciary’s national initiative Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions.

Judiciary Studies Use of Online Tool in Presentence Reports

Tue, 2023-01-24 22:00
The Federal Judicial Center (FJC) will soon begin a two-year pilot study of the impact of including data from a U.S. Sentencing Commission online tool in presentence reports during the sentencing phase of criminal cases.

Chief Justice Roberts Issues 2022 Year-End Report

Sat, 2022-12-31 00:00
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has issued his 2022 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary.

In COVID-19, Judicial Conference Met Its Ultimate Challenge

Thu, 2022-12-22 00:00
When COVID-19 struck in early 2020, Chief Justice William Howard Taft’s vision of a Judiciary that could work in unison was put to perhaps its greatest test. For critical weeks and months, the Judiciary’s very ability to conduct proceedings was endangered. The Judicial Conference of the United States, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and judges and court staff across the country worked tirelessly to keep courts open and safe.

Congress Passes the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act

Fri, 2022-12-16 00:00
The federal judge who lost her only child when a gunman opened fire at her home and the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO) expressed gratitude today for the passage by Congress of the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act.