U.S. Court News

How Interpreters Aid Access to Justice

4 days 22 hours ago
For a criminal defendant with limited English proficiency, or who has a hearing impairment, a skilled courtroom interpreter is a vital part of the justice system. Like court-appointed attorneys, interpreters enable defendants to understand proceedings and assist in their own defense. The role of court interpreters is the theme of a newly released Knowledge Seminar video.

Federal Judges Help Students Learn Civility Skills

1 week 3 days ago
The loudest voices may prevail at a townhall meeting, at a demonstration, or in the stands at a football game, but in courtrooms, civility and rationality win the day even when the stakes – and the emotions – are high. Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions is a flagship program of the federal Judiciary’s outreach to students that equips them with legal and life skills needed to settle disputes successfully in a respectful way.

Members of PACER User Group Selected

1 week 4 days ago
Twelve people from diverse backgrounds in the law, media, government, and academia have been selected for a new public user group to provide advice and feedback on ways to improve the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service and other electronic public access services provided by the Judiciary. The group is expected to hold its inaugural meeting in February.

Courthouse Playroom Helps Youngsters Share American Dream

1 month ago
In a typical week, federal judges in Chicago naturalize hundreds of new American citizens at the Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. Shortly before a recent ceremony, the court opened a special welcoming space to help youngsters share in their families’ dreams.

Building Diversity on the Bankruptcy Bench

2 months ago
At a national diversity forum, federal judges sought to demystify the workings of the bankruptcy bench as a way to encourage law students and attorneys to take an interest in the practice area.

Bankruptcy Filings Increase Slightly

2 months 3 weeks ago
Bankruptcy filings increased by 0.4 percent for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2019, compared with cases for the year ending Sept. 30, 2018, according to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. 

Federal Circuit Honored for Innovation in Training

3 months 1 week ago
The Clerk’s Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has received the 2019 W. Edwards Deming Outstanding Training Award. The award is granted annually to innovative federal agencies by Graduate School USA.  

Chief Justice Names Conference Committee Chairs

3 months 2 weeks ago
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has named five new chairs of Judicial Conference committees and extended the terms of seven current chairs by one year. The appointments are effective on Oct. 1, 2019.


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