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April 2011

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Federal Judiciary Funded to End of Fiscal Year

The Judiciary received its fiscal year 2011 funding — at $6.91 billion, about 1 percent above a FY 2010 hard freeze level.

Judiciary Warns of Impact of Deep Cuts in 2012

Judge Julia Gibbons, chair of the Budget Committee, and AO Director Jim Duff, asked the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government for the Judiciary’s smallest funding increase on record.

Pilot Project Will Enhance Public Access to Federal Court Opinions

A dozen courts have been selected to participate in a pilot program to provide free public access to court opinions through the GPO’s FdSys system.

Pro Se Law Clerks: A Valuable Resource

They save chambers time, help pro se litigants navigate the system, and promote efficiency; they’re pro se law clerks.

International Prisoner Transfer Program Brings U.S. Citizens Home

Magistrate judges help return to the U.S. American citizens who are incarcerated abroad, often in harsh and life-threatening conditions.

Wireless Device Access Guidelines Strike Balance

Can’t live without your cell phone? Courts consider how new technology could be used by the public and court staff – and what that means for the courts.

Drug Testing Often a Part of Supervised Release

Regular drug testing often is one of the conditions for pretrial release or for probation after time in prison.

Oversight and Review at Core of Stewardship

Accountability is in the name and at the core of the work of the Judicial Conference Committee on Audits and Administrative Office Accountability. Judge David Katz talks about the committee’s work.

Oath of Allegiance for New U.S. Citizens

The Northern District of Texas holds a naturalization ceremony for 120 new U.S. citizens.

Judicial Milestones

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