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June 2011

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AO Head, Jim Duff, Announces Resignation

Director of the Administrative Office, James C. DuffJames C. Duff, Director of the Administrative Office (AO), will resign this summer to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the Freedom Forum, a non-partisan private foundation dedicated to improving understanding of the First Amendment and the Constitution.

Courts Selected for Federal Cameras in Court Pilot Study

The federal trial courts have been selected to take part in the Judiciary’s digital video pilot, beginning July 18, 2011.

Judgeship Bills Seek Relief for Five Districts

Two bills creating new Article III judgeships were introduced in the Senate in May.

District Courts Selected for Patent Pilot Program

Fourteen federal district courts have been selected to participate in a 10-year pilot project to enhance expertise in patent cases among district judges.

Interview: A Committee's Cross-Cutting Perspective

Judge Julie A. Robinson, chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management, talks about her committee’s projects and goals.

Chief Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa Selected to Receive 29th Annual Devitt Award

Chief Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa (S.D. Tex.) is the recipient of the 29th Annual Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.

Judiciary Supports Retroactivity of Crack Cocaine Amendments

Judge Reggie Walton testified on behalf of the Judicial Conference at a US. Sentencing Commission hearing held this month to consider making recent crack cocaine amendments retroactive.

Magistrate Judges: "Indispensable Resource" for Federal Courts

In fiscal year 2010, the work contributions of magistrate judges to the federal courts reached new heights as they handled more than 1 million matters.

Where the Money Goes

The Judiciary received its FY 2011 funding. Here’s how the funding is allocated.

Earthquake Scenario Tests Courts' Response

The National Level Exercise tested and evaluated the incident response and recovery capabilities of courts along the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones.

Law Day Celebration Draws International Students

High school students from Bosnia and Herzegovina joined D.C. and Maryland high school students for this year’s Law Day celebrations.

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