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October 2011

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Hard Choices and Difficult Issues: The Judiciary Considers Its Financial Future

This month, The Third Branch spoke in-depth with Judicial Conference Executive Committee Chair, Chief Judge David B. Sentelle and Budget Committee Chair, Judge Julia Gibbons, about what the Judiciary faces in the upcoming fiscal year.

New Director of AO Appointed

Judge Thomas F. Hogan is the new Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, succeeding James C. Duff.

AO and Chief Justice Say Goodbye to Director Duff

Chief Justice John Roberts attended James Duff’s last AO senior staff meeting as AO Director to thank him for his service to the federal Judiciary. (Photo left to right) Deputy Director Jill Sayenga, James Duff and Chief Justice Roberts.

Learning Center Teaches Scouts About Citizenship

This past summer, 53 Boy Scouts spent time at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri’s Learning Center earning a merit badge on the path to becoming Eagle Scouts—and informed citizens.

Electronic Submission of CJA Vouchers in Development

A national application is in development for the electronic submission, processing, approval and payment of the vouchers submitted by attorneys representing clients under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA).

By the Numbers--Pro Se Filers in the Bankruptcy Courts

Over the last five years, the growth of pro se bankruptcy filings has outpaced the rate of growth of overall bankruptcy filings. AO statistical analysts recently examined pro se filings in the bankruptcy courts. Here’s what they found.

Mobile PACER Case Locator Debuts

A version of the PACER Case Locator, a national index for all federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, was launched for mobile devices in September.

Going Back to Basics Improves Juror Utilization

A year after the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management looked at record high juror utilization rates and took steps to help change the rates, federal trial courts are doing a better job using citizens who are summoned for jury duty.

New Committee Chairs Begin Tenure

Eight new Judiciary Conference committee chairs began their tenure on October 1, 2011. Three current chairs were reappointed by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.

Supreme Court Fellowships Begin

The 2011-2012 Supreme Court Fellows have begun their year-long work in the federal Judiciary.

Judicial Milestones

Judicial Boxscore