Faced with unprecedented budget cuts, a growing number of courts are using Shared Administrative Services (SAS) to reduce costs. Judges and court staff explain how SAS has benefited their operations.
U.S. District Court Judge Myron H. Thompson, of Montgomery, Ala., pushed past the paralysis of childhood polio to live an active life, excel in academics and become – at age 33 – one of the youngest people appointed to the federal bench. He says he has learned, "Always be prepared for the unexpected, because you'll never know when it will hit you."
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Many Judges and law school students use the On-Line System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) during the annual clerkship hiring season. The program helps judges evaluate clerkship applicants and also helps potential clerks organize their applications. This year the Federal Judiciary released "OSCAR 7" an updated version of the program that has many improved features.
Judge Julia Gibbons, chair of the JCUS Budget Committee, and AO Director Judge Thomas Hogan describe the impact of sequestration cuts on the Judiciary during the 2014 Appropriations Hearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.
A large winter storm revealed the need for a central communications entity at the district court in Seattle and that’s how the Incident Command Center was born. During a courthouse emergency, the staff leverages the U.S. Marshals surveillance system and the Command Center to assess the emergency, develop an action plan and speak with a singular voice.
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