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December 2011

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FY 2012 Funding Approved

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 includes $6.97 billion for the Judiciary.

Online Chat Improves Service to Public

The Arizona Bankruptcy Court was the first federal court website to invite visitors to its  website to chat live on- line. Now more bankruptcy courts are offering the convenient  option.

National Conference Supports Judicial Interest

The Third Branch talks with the Judge John R. Tunheim, chair of the ABA's Judicial  Division's National Conference of Federal Trial Judges.

Pilot Project Hopes to Tame Complex Civil Cases

The District Court for the Southern District of New York has begun an initiative that  judges, lawyers and litigants hope will reduce both the cost and the time spent on  complex civil cases.

National Security Cases Pose Special Challenges for Federal Judges

The extraordinary steps sometimes needed in court cases featuring national security  issues are brought into sharp focus by a newly published compilation of case-management challenges that confronted federal judges in 27 such cases.

Long-Awaited Act Clarifies Venue and Jurisdiction

Congress has passed and the President is expected to sign into law a bill that rectifies  problems of venue and jurisdiction in the federal courts.

Revised Schedule for Bankruptcy Records

A newly revised schedule for archiving and disposition of bankruptcy records is being  implemented.

Survey Assesses Courts' Emergency Planning

Court executives, federal public defenders, chief probation and pretrial officers, and  clerks of courts were recently surveyed on the status of their unit's emergency  preparedness.  Preliminary results show courts are planning well.

OSCAR More Popular Than Ever

In fiscal year 2011, more federal judges, law students and law school alumni participated  in the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review than ever before in OSCAR's  seven-year history.

Long-Time General Counsel Burchill Retires

William R. Burchill, Associate Director and General Counsel for the AO, retired his  month after 38 years of service to the federal Judiciary.

Judicial Milestones

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