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Facing Fiscal Crises, Judicial Conference Charted Steady Course

Thu, 11/17/2022 - 00:00
Over the last 25 years, the federal Judiciary has faced several fiscal emergencies, including sequestration and two government shutdowns. Each event illustrates how the Judicial Conference of the United States has transformed the way federal courts manage their finances.

New Americans Celebrated at Stadium Naturalization

Mon, 11/14/2022 - 00:00
Football fans cheered when a federal judge welcomed 16 immigrants from nine countries as new United States citizens, during a November 13 naturalization ceremony hosted before a Los Angeles Rams game.

New Database Eases Release of Judges’ Finance Reports

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 00:00
A new free public database of federal judges’ financial disclosure reports (FDRs), including periodic transaction reports (PTRs), was launched today by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Bankruptcy Filings Continue to Fall

Mon, 10/31/2022 - 00:00
Personal and business bankruptcy filings fell 11.7 percent for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2022. Filings continued a fall that coincided with the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

New Courthouse in Nashville Maintains Classical Look with Enhanced Security

Thu, 10/20/2022 - 00:00
A dedication ceremony at the new courthouse will mark the conclusion of a nearly 25-year effort to secure funding to build a safer and more welcoming space for those visiting the federal court in the Middle District of Tennessee.

AO Director Updates Congress on Progress in Case Management Technology Modernization

Wed, 10/19/2022 - 00:00
In a letter to key members of Congress on Wednesday, the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO) detailed efforts underway to modernize the Judiciary’s electronic case management system, including replacing Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), the public interface for accessing court records.

Chief Justice Names Conference Committee Chairs

Fri, 10/14/2022 - 00:00
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has named six new chairs of Judicial Conference committees and extended the term of five current chairs by one year.

9/11, Weather Disasters Spurred Courts to Stay Open in All Crises

Wed, 10/12/2022 - 00:00
September 11, was the first of several national emergencies that have challenged the Judicial Conference in the last 25 years. Although the immediate result was confusion, the terrorist attack had a profound and lasting impact on how the Judiciary operates today.

Judge Cathy Bissoon Never Let Circumstances Limit Her

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 00:00
U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon grew up in an impoverished New York City neighborhood in the 1970s, believing in the American Dream. Her parents, immigrants of Hispanic and East Indian descent, instilled in her the value of hard work and perseverance.

Judges Welcome New and Native-Born Citizens to Celebrate the Constitution

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 00:00
Federal judges are taking part in a monthlong celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, presiding over special naturalization ceremonies at sports stadiums and local landmarks, leading public readings of the Constitution, and conducting civics education conversations with students.

Hurricane Ian Courthouse Closures

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 00:00
Track federal courthouse closures due to the effects of Hurricane Ian.

Judge Sarah S. Vance to Receive 2022 Devitt Award

Mon, 09/26/2022 - 00:00
U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance, of the Eastern District of Louisiana, is the 2022 recipient of the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.

The Judicial Conference: A Century of Service to the Federal Judiciary

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 00:00
While meetings of judges to discuss policy are routine today, that first Judicial Conference was a unique milestone in the Judiciary’s history. Chief Justice William Howard Taft had a vision that federal judges could chart their own path as an efficient and independent branch of government. It would begin with judges working together on issues of common interest. Fast forward 100 years; what Taft envisioned has evolved into the Judicial Conference of the United States, a body that is central to the modern federal Judiciary.

Judiciary Repeats Call for Improved Security for Judges, Acts on Administrative Issues

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 00:00
The federal Judiciary’s national policy-making body today agreed to administer regular workplace surveys to its employees and to extend flexibilities for remote public access to certain proceedings when the national emergency ends.

Judges Engage in Candid Conversations with Students for Constitution Day and Beyond

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 00:00
Federal judges are engaging with high school students in courtrooms and classrooms to heighten awareness of the importance of civil discourse and the role of the courts in daily life this Constitution Day.

Supreme Court Fellowship Program Resumes with 4 New Fellows

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 00:00
Four new U.S. Supreme Court Fellows are set to begin their 2022-2023 fellowships in September. They are the first to experience the program in-person in nearly two years; the COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2020-2021 class to work virtually and led to a decision to pause the program the following year.

Federal Judges Support Civics Education Through Summer Teachers Institutes

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 00:00
At court-sponsored institutes across the country, classroom teachers are hearing first-person experiences on topics ranging from judges’ perspectives on judicial independence in their decision-making, to lawyers’ insights into Constitutional tensions between the First Amendment and national security concerns.

NJ Court Welcomes 7 Judges in Novel Ceremony

Thu, 08/18/2022 - 00:00
Seven experienced lawyers of diverse backgrounds were formally sworn in to serve on the federal bench in New Jersey, during a recent special group investiture ceremony. 

Just the Facts: Consumer Bankruptcy Trends, 2005-2021

Tue, 08/09/2022 - 00:00
A new installment of the Just the Facts series examines consumer bankruptcy filings from 2005 to 2021, and includes how bankruptcy filings changed during the Great Recession and COVID-19 pandemic.