Published onJune 18, 2015
Community supervision of federal offenders continues to cost significantly less than incarceration, according to FY 2014 data provided by the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
Published onJune 8, 2015
An Ad Hoc Committee to conduct a comprehensive and impartial review of the administration and operation of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) has begun accepting public comments.
Published onJune 4, 2015
The national average of jurors in federal district courts who were not selected, serving or challenged (NSSC) on the first day of jury service fell to 36.8 percent in 2014, compared to 37.7 percent in 2013. If you’re a potential juror, that’s very good news. It means 3,046 potential jurors were not called to the courthouse unnecessarily.
Published onMay 28, 2015
For nearly 20 years, the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland, has been overcrowded. In 1996, court officials requested an expansion, and Congress eventually authorized $10 million to design a large annex building.
Published onMay 20, 2015
Jurors may spend weeks hearing disturbing testimony and viewing graphic evidence. Unable to talk with friends or family about the case, some jurors may experience what health care professionals call secondary trauma. Federal court judges are doing what they can to help jurors, even after the trial is over.
Published onMay 14, 2015
Thirty years after the Supreme Court’s landmark Fourth Amendment decision in New Jersey v. T.L.O., the public defender who represented the teen in the case explains how it still applies to students and school officials today.
Published onMay 11, 2015
The federal Judiciary’s website, uscourts.gov, has a fresh look, improved functionality, and webpages that adjust automatically for optimal use on all sizes and types of devices.
Published onMay 7, 2015
U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns, the longest-serving woman judge on the federal bench until she recently retired after 37 years, discusses her career in a newly released installment of “On Topic,” a U.S. Courts interview program
Published onApril 27, 2015
Bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2015, fell 12 percent when compared to bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2014, according to statistics released today by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
Published onApril 15, 2015
For federal courts, Law Day 2015 will be an opportunity to educate the public about the rule of law, inspired in part by the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, which established the principle that no man or government is above the law.
Published onMarch 26, 2015
In order to adequately support the Constitutional and statutory mission of the federal courts, the Judiciary today asked Congressional appropriators to provide $7 billion in discretionary funding for fiscal year 2016, a 3.9 percent increase over the preceding year.
Published onMarch 25, 2015
Representative Robert W. Kastenmeier “understood the federal courts like few others,” Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said in 1992. “More importantly ... his involvement served an important national interest.” Kastenmeier, who spent more than two decades as chair of the House subcommittee that had jurisdiction over the federal courts, died March 20 at the age of 91.
Published onMarch 19, 2015
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York had a room filled with files. That’s not unusual. Even though today most cases are filed electronically, case records have a way of accumulating over the years. But in less than five months, with the end of the fiscal year, the court needed to clear the room. The files had to go.
Published onMarch 13, 2015
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Published onMarch 10, 2015
Reports on the 2014 caseload of the federal courts and the activities of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts were released today.