Judicial Conference Addresses Workplace Conduct and Criminal Justice Act Issues

6 days 23 hours ago
The Judicial Conference today approved changes to the Judiciary's Model Employment Dispute Resolution (EDR) Plan to cover interns and externs and to extend the time for initiating EDR complaints from 30 to 180 days. The Conference’s Judicial Resources Committee will consider further changes to the model plan at its next meeting. The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts also reported on the recruitment of a Judicial Integrity Officer in the Administrative Office and the expansion of judicial, staff, and law clerk orientations and education dealing with workplace harassment.

Students Reflect on Promises of the Preamble

1 week 6 days ago
A cross section of high school journalists shared their reflections on the aspirations expressed in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, putting into a modern context such phrases as “We the People …”  and  “a more perfect Union….”

Using Evidence-Based Strategies to Protect Communities

1 month 2 weeks ago
Federal probation officers have always tried to bring about positive life change in the lives of people under supervision, whether it’s helping them get a job, get into drug treatment, or even acquire better decision-making skills. In today’s technology-driven world, officers are also employing increasingly sophisticated research and data analysis tools in their supervision plans.

Judges Teach Civility as a Legal and Life Skill

1 month 3 weeks ago
Civility is a critical factor in making difficult decisions in the law and in life.  That is the conclusion that can be drawn from a new video that captures the insights of federal judges who have several lifetimes of experience dealing with contentious, high-stakes issues in their courtrooms.

June 2018 Bankruptcy Filings Fall 2.6 Percent

1 month 3 weeks ago
Bankruptcy filings fell 2.6 percent for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2018, compared with the year ending June 30, 2017, according to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Just the Facts: Americans with Disabilities Act

2 months 1 week ago
While overall civil rights cases have declined, cases brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have increased three-fold in recent years. Filings in three states – California, Florida, and New York – account for a significant number of the civil rights cases filed under the ADA. You can find out more in this new installment of Just the Facts.

National Lab Keeps Officers One Digital Step Ahead

2 months 3 weeks ago
A robotic arm gestures across a tablet screen, using sophisticated software to try to crack a geometric passcode. Drones and flash drives lie dissected on a workbench, while a state-of-the-art computer scans a hard drive. This isn’t the CSI Crime Lab, it’s the Eastern District of Missouri’s National Forensic Laboratory.

Courts Need New Judgeships, Judicial Conference tells Congress

2 months 4 weeks ago
“The lack of additional judgeships, combined with the growth in caseload, has created difficulties for many courts across the nation,” Chief Judge Lawrence Stengel told a House subcommittee today. “It has reached urgent levels in five districts that are struggling with extraordinarily high and sustained workload,” he said in prepared testimony. The courts are the: Eastern District of California, District of Delaware, Southern District of Florida, Southern District of Indiana, and Western District of Texas.

Workplace Changes Recommended for Judiciary

3 months 2 weeks ago
The Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group, a group of federal judges and senior Judiciary officials formed at the request of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., issued a report recommending measures to improve workplace conduct policies and procedures in the federal Judiciary.