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Judiciary Urges Dialogue on Electronic Case Files Bills, Seeks Delay in Action

Thu, 2022-01-13 00:00
The Judiciary sent letters to Congress this week urging lawmakers to defer action on pending bills affecting the federal courts’ electronic records management system until a “meaningful two-way dialogue” between the two branches of government can take place to resolve important concerns.

Chief Justice Roberts Issues 2021 Year-End Report

Thu, 2021-12-30 22:00
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has issued his 2021 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary.

On Bill of Rights Day, Mary Beth Tinker Encourages Students to ‘Speak up’

Tue, 2021-12-14 00:00
To mark the anniversary of the Bill of Rights, on Dec. 15, Vietnam War protester Mary Beth Tinker Tinker will participate virtually in a ceremony prior to installing the armband in its temporary home in the Judicial Learning Center at the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis. 

Judicial Security Bill Advances: Judge Who Lost Son Urges Final Passage

Thu, 2021-12-02 00:00
A bill to protect federal judges and their families from threats and attacks has advanced to the full Senate, and a U.S. district judge from New Jersey, whose son was slain by an angry litigant, urged Congress to pass the legislation without delay.

Judge Ada Brown Encourages People to Embrace Their Diversity

Mon, 2021-11-22 00:00
Judge Ada E. Brown is the first woman of African American heritage to serve in the Northern District of Texas, in the over 140-year history of the court. She also is one of just a handful of individuals with Native American ancestry to ever become a federal judge. Inspiration from her mentors, and seeing others with similar backgrounds do great things, encouraged Brown to dream big.  

Just the Facts: Insurance Case Filings Spike After Natural Disasters

Tue, 2021-11-16 00:00
In the U.S. district courts, filings of civil cases involving insurance typically have surged following weather catastrophes. Over the past 20 years, devastating hurricanes and severe floods have resulted in the Eastern District of Louisiana processing the most insurance cases of any district court.

Judge J. Clifford Wallace Honored for Advancing Rule of Law

Sun, 2021-11-14 20:00
Judge J. Clifford Wallace, a federal judge who has advised judiciaries in more than 70 countries during his half-century on the bench, has been selected to receive the 2022 Susan and Carl Bolch Jr. Prize for the Rule of Law. He will be honored during a ceremony in San Diego on March 18, 2022.

Veterans of the Law: Many in Judiciary Celebrate JAG Service

Wed, 2021-11-10 00:00
As America honors Veterans Day, many federal judges have a special link to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps — better known to many as JAG. Four judges and a senior Judiciary leader recall their experiences as military lawyers.

Bankruptcy Filings Continue to Fall Sharply

Mon, 2021-11-08 00:00
Personal and business bankruptcy filings fell 29.1 percent for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2021. A steady decline in filings has continued since the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis began.  

Judiciary Takes Action to Ensure High Ethical Standards and Transparency

Tue, 2021-10-26 00:00
Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod testified before a House subcommittee today to describe judges’ recusal standards and case conflict screening process that help judges maintain high ethical standards.

Chief Justice Names Conference Committee Chairs

Thu, 2021-10-14 00:00
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has named five new chairs of Judicial Conference committees and extended the term of four current chairs by one year. The appointments took effect on Oct. 1, 2021.

Judiciary Launches Vulnerability Disclosure Program

Wed, 2021-10-13 00:00
The federal Judiciary has unveiled a new Vulnerability Disclosure Policy to ensure the security of data that can be accessed online. The policy gives security researchers clear guidelines on how they may conduct vulnerability discovery activities. It also instructs researchers on how to submit discovered vulnerabilities to the Judiciary.

Federal Defender Committed to Improving Hispanic Representation in the Legal Field

Thu, 2021-10-07 00:00
Cuauhtemoc Ortega grew up in the working-class neighborhood of La Puente in Los Angeles County, where people he knew sometimes struggled through negative encounters with law enforcement and immigration officials. Now, he leads the Federal Public Defender’s Office representing La Puente and the greater Los Angeles area.

Judge Julia Gibbons Receives 2021 Devitt Award

Thu, 2021-10-07 00:00
Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, former budget chair for the U.S. Judicial Conference who was a pioneering woman judge in her home state of Tennessee, is the recipient of the 2021 Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award. Gibbons serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.