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Increased Security Funded for Judges
Congress has agreed to support increased security for federal judges. Funding
for this security is in the $82 billion Emergency Supplemental Appropriations
for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, which President Bush
is expected to sign.
“With this funding, Congress recognizes the need to provide reasonable levels
of security for judges and their families outside the courthouse,” said
Administrative Ofﬁce Director Leonidas Ralph Mecham. “As the Attorney General,
members of Congress, our own Judicial Conference, the Federal Bar Association,
and many others have said in recent weeks, judges must have the physical
security to do their job.”
The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) will receive $11.9 million “for increased
judicial security outside of courthouse facilities, including priority
consideration of home intrusion detection systems in the homes of federal
judges,” under an agreement worked out in conference between members of the
House and Senate appropriations committees.
The report accompanying this supplemental bill states, “Recent events prove a
need for increased judicial security outside of courthouse facilities to better
detect, assess and respond to threats and inappropriate communications made to
The conferees also believe the USMS should reevaluate existing policies
governing judicial protection and they directed the USMS to submit a report on
its updated policies to the Committees on Appropriations no later than July 30,
Also stipulated in the report is that the USMS, in coordination with the
Administrative Ofﬁce, submit a spending plan to the Committees prior to the
obligation of any of these funds.
The bill does not include funding requested by the Judicial Conference for
unanticipated increases in the Judiciary’s workload associated with the recently
enacted Class Action Fairness Act and the Supreme Court’s opinion in United
States v. Booker and United States v. Fanfan. The Judiciary had requested $101.8
million to pay the costs of what are expected to be hundreds of new federal
class action cases and a growing number of cases affected by the Booker
decision. Conferees on the bill removed the $65 million provided in the Senate
version of the supplemental bill for workload costs, but funding for these cases
may be considered again in the Judiciary’s Fiscal Year 2006 budget.
The supplemental appropriations bill also includes a technical correction to
the recently enacted Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of
2005 that redistributes bankruptcy fees, to the beneﬁt of the Judiciary.