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Where the Money Goes - Fiscal Year 2006
For fiscal year 2006, Congress gave the federal Judiciary $5.72 billion,
after application of a 1 percent across-the-board cut. Where does the money go
Of the entire Judicial Branch appropriation, 4.4 percent finds its way to the
Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court of
International Trade, the Administrative Office, the Federal Judicial Center, the
U.S. Sentencing Commission, and the Judiciary Trust Fund. The lion’s share, 95.6
percent, goes to the Courts of Appeals and District Courts, and other judicial
Here’s how the courts’ funding is divided: 79.1 percent is for the court
Salaries and Expenses account. Thirteen percent funds federal public defender
and community defender organizations, compensation for private attorneys
representing indigent defendants, and fees of persons providing investigative,
expert, and other services under the Criminal Justice Act. Court Security
receives 6.8 percent, which funds the procurement, installation, and maintenance
of security equipment; and protective services, including court security
officers for the courts. The payment of juror fees and expenses accounts for 1.1
percent of the funds appropriated.
The Salaries and Expenses account can be broken down further: 21 percent goes
to space rental costs charged by the General Services Administration, 54 percent
for court personnel salaries and benefits, 9 percent for judges’ pay and
benefits, 10 percent for operating expenses including such controllable expenses
as furniture, information technology, and tenant alterations, and 6 percent for
uncontrollable costs, such as postage and FTS phone services.