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Court Funding and Cost Containment

Containing costs in a time of limited budgets is a major judicial initiative. This page contains articles and other resources related to federal court funding and cost-containment efforts.

Judiciary Asks Congress to Invest in Improved Court Operations

Judiciary Asks Congress to Invest in Improved Court Operations

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.

How to Clear a Room: Bankruptcy Court Reduces Rent and Long-Term Storage Costs

An image of boxes of files and file folders stacked together for removal.

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.

First Year of Space-Cutting Initiative Yields Major Successes

Published onJanuary 8, 2015

The federal Judiciary has made major strides in the first year of a five-year campaign to reduce court building space by 3 percent.

Judiciary’s FY 2015 Funding Meets Needs

Published onDecember 15, 2014

The Judiciary will receive $6.7 billion in discretionary appropriations, a 2.8 percent, or $182 million, increase above FY 2014 discretionary funding. The FY 2015 level is essentially equal to the Judiciary’s re-estimated FY 2015 funding request.

Judiciary, GSA Begin Dialogue on Rent, Maintenance

Published onSeptember 9, 2014

The federal Judiciary and the General Services Administration (GSA) are launching an important new dialogue on space and rent management, at a time when the U.S. government’s landlord and one of its largest tenants are both grappling with a new era of downsizing.

Probation Office Pilots Lean, Open Design to Shrink Space, Rent Bills

Glass-enclosed meeting rooms can be smaller, while maintaining an open feel. Here, a meeting is held at an office of Accenture, a consulting firm that has assisted on the Integrated Workplace Initiative.

Published onAugust 27, 2014

A probation office in Chicago has become the national "flagship" of a federal Judiciary initiative to shrink rent costs, by reimagining and downsizing the traditional office workplace.

Bankruptcy Court Move in Miami to Save $1.1 Million Annually

Published onJuly 22, 2014

In a space-cutting move that will save the judiciary more than $1 million a year in rent and security costs, the federal bankruptcy court in Miami is moving into a nearby district court building.

Judiciary Looks to Stabilize Financial Position in 2015

Judiciary Looks to Stabilize Financial Position in 2015

Published onMarch 26, 2014

A representative of the Judicial Conference expressed strong concerns to Congress about the Judiciary’s long-term ability to carry out its functions under a no-growth federal budget.

Judicial Conference Reports Show Sequestration Impact, Detail Court Space Savings

Judicial Conference Reports Show Sequestration Impact, Detail Court Space Savings

Published onMarch 11, 2014

Federal Judiciary leaders today received a report on the impact of reduced funding due to sequestration – which cut court staff and delayed cases – and a separate report on an aggressive multi-faceted strategy to reduce the costs of court space.

Judiciary Restores Pay Rates for Panel Attorneys

Judiciary Restores Pay Rates for Panel Attorneys

Published onFebruary 13, 2014

The hourly pay rates for lawyers who represent indigent defendants in federal criminal cases, which were temporarily reduced last year, have been restored, effective March 1, 2014.

2013 Year-End Report on Judiciary: Help Needed to Repair Sequestration's Damage

Year-End Report on Judiciary: Help Needed to Repair Sequestration's Damage

Published onDecember 31, 2013

In his year-end report, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said that despite a decade of cost-cutting efforts, federal courts need help in overcoming budget damage caused by sequestration.

Appellate Court Saves Money by Making Chambers Space Go Farther

Third Circuit Court staff examine an innovative redesign plan that will enable out-of-town-judges hearing cases in Philadelphia to share chambers space more efficiently. From left are Rebecca Yoder, Interior Designer; Margaret Wiegand, Circuit Executive;

Published onDecember 4, 2013

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit had a problem. With four appellate judges in its Philadelphia courthouse approaching senior status, there wasn’t enough room to construct chambers for the new judges who would fill their seats.

Four Non-Resident Court Facilities to Close in Cost-Cutting Move

Four Non-Resident Court Facilities to Close in Cost-Cutting Move

Published onNovember 20, 2013

Four non-resident court facilities are being closed in the final months of 2013, as part of a continuing effort to reduce federal Judiciary expenses.

Crossing the Line Saves Two Probation Offices Money and Manpower

Published onNovember 5, 2013

When two chief probation officers in neighboring states crossed district lines, the Judiciary saved money and personnel.

For Federal Courts, Shutdown Caused Broad Disruptions

For Federal Courts, Shutdown Caused Broad Disruptions

Published onOctober 25, 2013

The government is running again, but federal district and bankruptcy courts and those who practice in them were shaken, to varying degrees, by the government’s 17-day shutdown at the start of the new fiscal year.

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