Published onFebruary 15, 2017
Calling it a “modest but much-needed reform,” the chair of the Judicial Conference’s Criminal Law Committee has urged Congress to protect federal probation officers, by giving them the legal authority to give orders to, and arrest if needed, anyone obstructing them from performing their official duties.
Published onFebruary 9, 2017
Expanding an approach that has helped lower recidivism by federal offenders under supervision, probation officials are seeking to better protect the public by using actuarial data to help them identify those offenders most likely to become violent.
Published onFebruary 2, 2017
For years, polls have shown widespread ignorance of how government works, with courts and the Constitution faring especially poorly in the public consciousness. But federal courts throughout the Second Circuit, which includes New York, Connecticut and Vermont, have launched an ambitious program to change that.
Published onJanuary 25, 2017
During the 12-month period ending December 31, 2016, 794,960 cases were filed in federal bankruptcy courts, down from the 844,495 bankruptcy cases filed in calendar year 2015—a 5.9 percent drop in filings.
Published onJanuary 21, 2017
As they have throughout American history, members of the U.S. Supreme Court took part in this year’s inauguration.
Published onJanuary 12, 2017
The Justice Institute on Long Island is taking the concept of summer camp into the federal courthouse, imparting civics education and advocacy skills that prepare students for college, career, and civic engagement.
Published onDecember 31, 2016
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has issued his 2016 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, highlighting the work performed by U.S. District judges.
Published onDecember 22, 2016
The most common federal offense committed by “organizational offenders” —corporations, partnerships, unions, trusts, pension funds, and non-profits—was not fraud or money-laundering but environmental crime, according to a report published recently by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Published onDecember 20, 2016
Crimes involving drugs fueled a 15 percent increase in criminal appeals last year even as the total volume of appeals continued to steadily decline, according to statistics from the Judiciary Data and Analysis Office for the U.S. court system.
Published onDecember 15, 2016
Eight federal Judiciary employees have received the 2016 Director’s Awards, given by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, to recognize outstanding performance in the federal courts nationwide.
Published onDecember 7, 2016
Senior Judge Jon O. Newman, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will receive the 2016 Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award, in a special ceremony Thursday at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Published onDecember 5, 2016
When Richard Mills was first sworn in as a judge, the war dominating headlines was Vietnam, the price of a gallon of gas was 32 cents, and man had yet to set foot on the moon. And, Mills recalls, court reporters took notes with pencils and pads.
Published onNovember 22, 2016
Two Omaha-based federal defenders meet by chance at work and discover they are sisters.
Published onNovember 15, 2016
Seven U.S. courthouses are among the 17 federal buildings honored in this year’s General Services Administration Design Awards.
Published onNovember 8, 2016
Two years after a video featured five World War II veterans who became federal judges in the Eastern District of New York, four continue to serve on the bench and carry substantial caseloads, even as they all have entered their 90s.