Published onMarch 17, 2009
The Judicial Conference of the United States today adopted a revised Code of Conduct for United States Judges that will take effect July 1, 2009, the first substantial Code revision since 1992. At its biannual meeting, the Conference also voted to ask Congress to create 63 new federal judgeships — 12 in the courts of appeals (nine permanent and three temporary) and 51 in the district courts (38 permanent and 13 temporary).
Published onSeptember 16, 2008
In furtherance of its aggressive cost containment efforts, the Judicial Conference of the United States today adopted a policy for senior trial judges to share courtrooms in new construction. In addition, the Conference took steps to develop and implement a courtroom sharing policy for magistrate judges, to study the feasibility of and develop an appropriate policy for sharing courtrooms by non-senior district judges in large courthouses, and to study courtroom use in bankruptcy courts, and if the results warrant, develop a sharing policy for those courtrooms.
Published onMarch 12, 2008
The federal courts are well-positioned to address an anticipated increase in immigration-related workload and other challenges facing the Judiciary, thanks to Congressional funding, representatives of the Judicial Conference today told House and Senate appropriations subcommittees. If the Judiciary is to maintain staffing levels in the courts and initiate several program enhancements, however, a 7.6 percent increase over fiscal year 2008 enacted appropriations is needed in fiscal year 2009. The Judiciary seeks $6.72 billion for fiscal year 2009, $4.97 billion of which would fund the courts' Salaries and Expenses account.
Published onMarch 11, 2008
The Judicial Conference of the United States today approved the first-ever binding, nationwide set of rules for handling conduct and disability complaints against federal judges, bringing consistency and rigor to the process.
Published onSeptember 18, 2007
The Judicial Conference of the United States today voted to make transcripts of federal district and bankruptcy court proceedings available online through the Judiciary's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system.
Published onMarch 13, 2007
The Judicial Conference of the United States today voted to ask Congress to create 67 new federal judgeships-15 for the courts of appeals and 52 for the district courts.
Published onSeptember 19, 2006
The Judicial Conference of the United States today approved two policies aimed at aiding and enhancing judges' compliance with established ethical obligations.
Published onMarch 14, 2006
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Published onSeptember 20, 2005
The Judicial Conference of the United States today passed a resolution recognizing the late Chief Justice Rehnquist for his "integrity, courtesy, deep humility, and courage."
Published onMarch 15, 2005
The Judicial Conference of the United States today said off-site security for judges is “of the gravest concern to the federal Judiciary” and will be the top priority in discussions with the Attorney General and Director of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Published onSeptember 21, 2004
The Judicial Conference of the United States today agreed to implement a number of sweeping cost-containment measures, including a two-year moratorium on 42 federal courthouse construction projects.
Published onMarch 16, 2004
Potential funding shortages that could eliminate or severely restrict key federal court operations, and the latest step to increase Internet access to court case files highlighted the agenda of today’s meeting of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Published onSeptember 23, 2003
The federal courts’ policy-making body voted today to support repeal of a new law that severely limits the ability of trial judges to depart from Sentencing Guidelines and requires reports to Congress on any federal judge who does so.
Published onMarch 18, 2003
The Judicial Conference of the United States today voted to ask Congress to create a total of 57 new federal judgeships—11 for the courts of appeals and 46 for the district courts.
Published onSeptember 24, 2002
The Judicial Conference of the United States was told by Attorney General John Ashcroft today that the Bush Administration supports creation of new judgeships to help federal courts in dire need of relief.