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Where the Money Goes
Six months into FY 2011, the
Judiciary, along with the rest of the
federal government, received its
annual funding. While Congress had been
considering final appropriations levels,
the courts had deferred hiring for most
staffing vacancies and limited non-salary
spending to only essential expenditures,
in addition to other spending restrictions.
Now, with $6.91 billion in funding for the
Judiciary approved for FY 2011, courts are
looking at spending levels that will allow
clerks of court and probation and pretrial
services offices to maintain current staffing
levels on a national basis, with some court
units able to hire staff to meet growing
workload needs. Based on current projections,
final appropriations should be
sufficient to make full year payments to
Criminal Justice Act panel attorneys.
Where FY 2011 Funding is Allocated
The Salaries and Expenses account
receives 73 percent of the Judiciary’s total
FY 2011 funding. This funding covers rent,
judges and court personnel salaries and
benefits, operating expenses, information
technology, and other expenses.
Funding for federal public defender
and community defender organizations,
compensation for private attorneys representing
indigent defendants, and fees of
persons providing investigative, expert,
and other services under the Criminal
Justice Act is provided from the Defender
Services account. This account receives
15 percent of the funding.
The Court Security account provides
funds that are transferred to the U.S.
Marshals Service and the Federal
Protective Service for the procurement,
installation, and maintenance of security
equipment, and for protective services,
including contract security officers for the
courts. The account receives 7 percent of
The Fees of Jurors account, 1 percent
of the Judiciary’s total funding, pays for
juror fees and expenses.
The remaining 4 percent funds the
Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for
the Federal Circuit, the Court of International
Trade, the Administrative Office, the
Federal Judicial Center, the U.S. Sentencing
Commission, and the Judiciary Retirement