Published onOctober 5, 2016
This year, as part of the U.S. courts’ annual, national initiative, federal judges swore in thousands of new citizens at more than 40 ceremonies throughout the country, including at many national historic places and national parks.
Published onSeptember 29, 2016
Juries play a unique and central role in America’s justice system. But for many prospective jurors who are summoned, federal jury service is anything but exalting. Instead, it can be a long, listless day of waiting, only to be told that the court has more than enough candidates to fill the panel. In the District of Connecticut, that has changed dramatically.
Published onSeptember 16, 2016
Students participated in real-life civics lessons at naturalization ceremonies scheduled at iconic places from Ellis Island to Pearl Harbor, in celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on Friday, September 16.
Published onSeptember 13, 2016
Two pilot programs – one that will allow pro se prisoners to file certain federal court documents electronically from a kiosk in a prison and a second that will provide judicial assistance to select district courts with unusually high civil caseloads – were approved today by the Judicial Conference at its biannual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Published onAugust 25, 2016
Four new Supreme Court Fellows will begin their 2016-2017 fellowships in August.
Published onAugust 17, 2016
Proposed updates of the rule governing class-action lawsuits, and a proposal to mandate electronic filings by lawyers, highlight a broad array of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure.
Published onAugust 11, 2016
Citizen naturalization ceremonies are among the happiest and most inspirational events that take place in federal courtrooms, and now the Middle District of Alabama has found a way to make sure that the children of immigrants don’t miss out on a cherished rite of passage.
Published onAugust 4, 2016
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Newman, of the Southern District of Ohio, takes over in September as the new president of the Federal Bar Association, comprised of federal legal practitioners and judges.
Published onJuly 27, 2016
Bankruptcy filings fell 6.9 percent for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2016, compared with the year ending June 30, 2015, according to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
Published onJuly 18, 2016
Two high school students were honored as winners in the 2016 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, which focused on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1966 decision in Miranda v. Arizona.
Published onJuly 13, 2016
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. has appointed U.S. District Judge Paul J. Barbadoro of New Hampshire to serve as chair of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Also new to the Executive Committee is U.S. District Judge Robert James Conrad, Jr. of the Western District of North Carolina.
Published onJuly 6, 2016
The federal Judiciary uses a wide array of initiatives—including advanced technology, cost reduction and aggressive auditing—to deliver justice efficiently, while enhancing public access to and knowledge of the courts, according to testimony delivered July 6 to a House Judiciary subcommittee.
Published onJune 30, 2016
The number of federal and state wiretaps terminated in 2015 increased nearly 17 percent over 2014, according to an annual report submitted to Congress by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
Published onJune 23, 2016
June is LGBT Pride Month, which commemorates the accomplishments of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and the civil rights gains the community has made since 1969, the year that the Stonewall riots in New York City proved to be a tipping point for the LGBT movement in the United States.
Published onJune 9, 2016
Four retired magistrate judges, who collectively served the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut more than 100 years, were celebrated in a ceremony unveiling their portraits.