Published onFebruary 23, 2016
In a new U.S. Courts video, U.S. District Court Judge Lorna G. Schofield, New York City, tells how she coped with the adult responsibilities of growing up with a chronically ill mother. She encourages teens to take the long view: “You can make a completely different life for yourself. And it’s important to remember that when things just seem too hard right now.”
Published onFebruary 12, 2016
The federal Judiciary transmitted its fiscal year 2017 budget request to Congress, seeking $7.0 billion in discretionary appropriations, a 3.2 percent increase above fiscal year 2016 funding. Of that, $5.1 billion is for courts’ salaries and expenses, which fund the operating expenses of the regional circuit courts of appeals, district and bankruptcy courts, and probation and pretrial services offices.
Published onFebruary 4, 2016
During the 12-month period ending December 31, 2015, 844,495 cases were filed in federal bankruptcy courts, down from the 936,795 bankruptcy cases filed in calendar year 2014—a 9.9 percent drop in filings.
Published onJanuary 26, 2016
Profiles of seven African American federal judges, who overcame various obstacles on their path to the bench, are featured on the US Courts YouTube channel in recognition of African American history month.
Published onJanuary 21, 2016
Approximately 80 percent of federal offenders remain free of felony arrest during their first three years back in the community after release from prison, and fewer than 15 percent of those are re-arrested for serious offenses even three years after completing their term of supervision, according to what is believed to be the largest study ever of federal offenders.
Published onJanuary 4, 2016
The next in an ongoing series of public hearings looking at the Criminal Justice Act will be held in January 2016 in Miami, Florida.
Published onDecember 31, 2015
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has issued his 2015 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, focusing on amendments made to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Published onDecember 21, 2015
Court libraries and librarians in all 12 regional circuits are playing a leading role in two of the federal Judiciary’s most critical management initiatives: reducing building space and containing personnel and other costs.
Published onDecember 21, 2015
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress contains $6.78 billion in discretionary funding for the federal Judiciary, a 1.2 percent increase from the previous year and essentially equal to the Judiciary’s final budget request.
Published onDecember 17, 2015
With the original Bill of Rights, Constitution, and Declaration of Independence serving as the backdrop, President Barack Obama and Chief Judge Richard Roberts of the federal district court in Washington, D.C., congratulated citizens from 26 countries during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives.
Published onDecember 15, 2015
The Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse in Brooklyn is currently hosting an exhibit of 95 framed photographs of historic New York City landmarks.
Published onDecember 10, 2015
Does freedom of speech protect the right to wear protest armbands at school? Do school administrators need a warrant to search a student suspected of wrongdoing? December 15 is Bill of Rights Day, celebrating the day that the Constitution’s first 10 Amendments were ratified in 1791.
Published onDecember 1, 2015
On the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ arrest, the story of how a federal court decision struck down segregated buses is the theme of “Ride to Justice,” a new U.S. courts video. The video draws on archival images and interviews with U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson and lawyer Fred Gray.
Published onNovember 24, 2015
U.S. Bankruptcy Court filers and lawyers must use new forms beginning December 1, when the first modernization of bankruptcy forms in two decades takes effect.
Published onNovember 23, 2015
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton, a talented football player who overcame adversity in high school through strong adult guidance, is the subject of a newly released edition of Pathways to the Bench, a U.S. Courts video series in which federal judges talk about challenges that helped prepare them to serve justice.