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April 2010

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Earthquake Rocks El Centro Courthouse

El Centro Earthquake MapA major earthquake damaged the El Centro U.S. courthouse in the Southern District of California. The most significant damage to the courthouse was caused by a broken water pipe that flooded the probation office.

Legislation Moves in Congress

This month saw action on legislation promising new bankruptcy judgeships, changes in crack cocaine sentencing, and improvements in court administration. 

E-Pro Se Bolsters Access to Court

Filers in the Eastern District of Missouri can get help from a user-friendly, interactive web application. 

By the Numbers - Changes in Business Bankruptcies

Consumer bankruptcies have had a rapid rise, but little attention has been paid to an even faster rise in business bankruptcies. Here’s a look at the numbers behind the rise.

Committee Suggests Guidelines for Juror Use of Electronic Communication Technologies

In a society where cell phones and PDAs are ubiquitous, how do you stop jurors from Tweeting, Googling and Blogging? A set of suggested jury instructions may do the trick.

An Interview with ABA President Carolyn Lamm

ABA President Carolyn Lamm talks about ethics, judicial review of immigration, improved indigent defense, and the ABA’s hopes for a COLA for federal judges. 

Local IT Initiatives Receive Grants

Five local court projects have been awarded grants through the Edwin L. Nelson Local Initiatives Program for fiscal year 2010.

New Look, New URL for Supreme Court Website

Visitors to the Supreme Court’s new website will find an updated, more user-friendly website.

Committee Plans Civil Litigation Conference

The 2010 Civil Litigation Conference, sponsored by the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, will be held May 10-11 at the Duke University School of Law. 

Judicial Boxscore

Judicial Boxscore

Judicial Milestones

Judicial Milestones

The Third Branch - April 2010 (pdf)

View an interactive PDF of this month's The Third Branch.