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2021 Wiretap Report: Intercepts Fall, Arrests and Convictions Rise

Wed, 2022-06-29 00:00
Federal and state courts reported a combined 6 percent decrease in authorized wiretaps in 2021, compared with 2020, according to the Judiciary’s 2021 Wiretap Report. But arrests and convictions in cases involving electronic surveillance increased.

New Courthouse Honors Judge Sylvia Rambo, Tireless Trailblazer

Tue, 2022-06-28 00:00
Judge Sylvia H. Rambo, known by peers for her modesty and work ethic, received the rarest of professional accolades last week, when she became just one of a very few women to have a federal courthouse named in her honor.

New, Modern, Safer Courthouse Opens in San Antonio

Thu, 2022-06-23 00:00
A judge’s 19-year effort to secure funding to build a safer and more welcoming space for those resolving disputes in the Western District of Texas came to a satisfying conclusion with a dedication ceremony at the new San Antonio courthouse.

New Chapter 7 Trustee Payments Set to Begin

Fri, 2022-06-17 00:00
Bankruptcy courts will begin processing an additional $60 per case payment to eligible chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees for applicable cases filed or converted in fiscal year 2021. Applicable cases are chapter 7 cases filed on or after Jan. 12, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2021, or chapter 11, 12, or 13 cases filed on or after Jan. 12, 2021, that are subsequently converted to chapter 7, on or before Sept. 30, 2021.

Just the Facts: Revocations for Failure to Comply with Supervision Conditions and Sentencing Outcomes

Tue, 2022-06-14 00:00
About five percent of federal supervision cases closed in 2021 resulted in people being sent back to federal prison because of revocations resulting solely from technical violations.

Pride Month Heritage Spotlight: Judge Judith Levy

Thu, 2022-06-09 00:00
Judge Judith E. Levy considers the Stonewall rebellion in 1969 as the tipping point in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community’s quest for equality and inclusion. In recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month, a new video profile explores Levy’s experience coming out, her pursuit of a career in law, and the social change advocates who inspired her.

Bankruptcy Filings Continue Steady Drop

Mon, 2022-05-16 22:00
Bankruptcy filings continued a steep two-year-long fall that coincided with the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Filings fell 16.5 percent for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2022.

Judges Request Funding to Address Cybersecurity, Courthouse Safety, Growing Workload

Thu, 2022-05-12 00:00
Two federal judges testified that a Judiciary budget of $8.6 billion is needed to keep pace with inflation and to pay for important new investments in courthouse security, IT modernization, and cybersecurity. They also requested staffing to address workload increases caused by issues outside the Judiciary’s control.

Law Day Focuses on Four Students Who Sought Change

Thu, 2022-05-05 00:00
The Judiciary’s observance of Law Day this year focuses on four students who brought historic cases to the federal courts that led to desegregation of public schools and shaped students’ First Amendment rights. 

Bankruptcy Judges Teach Financial Literacy with CARE for 20 Years

Wed, 2022-04-20 19:00
After a two-year hiatus from in-person outreach programs due to COVID-19, bankruptcy judges are returning to classrooms to teach students how to manage personal finances with informed planning and decision-making.  

Application Period Opens for PACER User Group

Thu, 2022-03-31 00:00
The federal Judiciary has opened the application period for membership in its public user group that provides advice and feedback on ways to improve electronic public access (EPA) services.

U.S. Judicial Conference Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Fri, 2022-03-25 00:00
Over the last 100 years, the Judicial Conference of the United States has grappled with many issues: rising court caseloads and limited resources, natural disasters, public-health crises, and the safety of the Judiciary and the public. This year marks the centennial of the national policy-making body, which has helped ensure efficient administration of justice in the courts since 1922.

Judges Tell Congress That Workplace Conduct Strategy Should Continue

Thu, 2022-03-17 00:00
Testifying to a House subcommittee about workplace conduct, two federal judges said that “the Judiciary’s process for protecting employees is demonstrating its promise and should be given time to build upon the significant strides made to date.” Judges M. Margaret McKeown and Julie A. Robinson testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet subcommittee. McKeown, of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and Robinson, of the District of Kansas, both are members of the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group.

Judiciary Releases Workplace Conduct Working Group Report, Recommends 9 Changes to Build on Progress Made to Date

Wed, 2022-03-16 00:00
In a wide-ranging report, the Judiciary’s Workplace Conduct Working Group said its program to ensure an exemplary workplace has achieved broad improvements, by adding abusive conduct to longstanding protections against discrimination and harassment, imposing an express prohibition on abusive conduct, and improving processes to make it easier for employees to report and resolve workplace concerns.

Judicial Conference Adopts Transparency Measures

Tue, 2022-03-15 00:00
Taking steps to increase transparency and public access, the federal Judiciary’s policy making body today approved automating the release of judges’ financial disclosure reports, amending its conflict screening policy, and expanding the scope of its audio streaming pilot project.

Judiciary Releases Annual Report and Judicial Business 2021

Tue, 2022-03-15 00:00
In 2021, the Judiciary confronted uniquely trying times: The global pandemic placed serious constraints on the courts for a second straight year, unanticipated spikes in caseloads were driven by the Jan. 6 upheaval at the Capitol and other events, and cybersecurity threats to government technology systems continued unabated.