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Explore the news releases of the Judicial Conference of the United States. 

Judicial Conference Approves Courthouse Construction Priorities; Courthouse Guidelines for Portable Communication Devices

Published onSeptember 12, 2017

The Judicial Conference of the United States today approved an updated list of courthouse construction priorities and guidelines for portable communications devices in courthouses.   

Judicial Conference Asks Congress to Create New Judgeships

Published onMarch 14, 2017

The Judicial Conference of the United States today agreed to recommend to Congress the creation of 57 new Article III judgeships in the courts of appeals and district courts. If an omnibus judgeship bill is enacted into law, it would be first new comprehensive judgeship legislation to take effect in more than 26 years.

Judicial Conference Approves Prisoner Case Filing and Judge Assistance Pilot Programs

Published onSeptember 13, 2016

Two pilot programs – one that will allow pro se prisoners to file certain federal court documents electronically from a kiosk in a prison and a second that will provide judicial assistance to select district courts with unusually high civil caseloads – were approved today by the Judicial Conference at its biannual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Judicial Conference Addresses Judgeship Needs Issues

Published onMarch 15, 2016

The Judicial Conference of the United States today adopted a new system of case weights that will help it fine-tune its requests for new district judgeships; moved to seek legislation to preserve temporary bankruptcy judgeships that will lapse next year; and addressed sentencing reform legislation that would impact court workloads.

Judicial Conference Updates Rules for Judicial Conduct Proceedings, Strategic Plan

Published onSeptember 17, 2015

The Judicial Conference of the United States today adopted amended rules for Judicial Conduct and Disability proceedings that provide for greater transparency and also approved an updated Strategic Plan for the Federal Judiciary.

Successes Reported in Aggressive Space and Rent Reduction Initiative

Published onMarch 10, 2015

Federal courts have reduced the space they occupy and cut rent costs at facilities throughout the country, according to a report provided today to the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Judicial Conference Receives Budget Update, Forwards Rules Package to Supreme Court

Published onSeptember 16, 2014

In the last six months, courts have begun to backfill some of the 3,400 staff lost between July 2011 and March 2014, and also restore funding for critical public safety programs, such as probation and pretrial services.

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.

Conference Approves Additional Cost-Saving Measures

Conference Approves Additional Cost-Saving Measures

Published onSeptember 17, 2013

At its biannual meeting, the Judicial Conference approved the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures. Conference actions continue the Judiciary's decade-long cost-containment efforts that have become increasingly aggressive as sequestration triggered broad cuts in court staff and programs.

Federal Judiciary Braces for Broad Impact of Budget Sequestration

Federal Judiciary Braces for Broad Impact of Budget Sequestration

Published onMarch 12, 2013

Stating that sequestration has put the federal Judiciary "in uncharted territory," a federal judge told the Judicial Conference today that "we face a budget crisis that is unprecedented, one that is not likely to end in the near-term."

Judiciary Continues Cost Savings, Closes Court Facilities

Judiciary Continues Cost Savings, Closes Court Facilities

Published onSeptember 11, 2012

The Judicial Conference of the United States today agreed to close six non-resident federal court facilities—the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures implemented by the federal Judiciary’s national policy-making body.

Conference Continues Aggressive Cost Containment

Published onMarch 13, 2012

Following on the heels of a cost containment summit convened last fall, the Judicial Conference of the United States today approved a series of money-saving initiatives in an effort to prepare for funding levels that will otherwise cause significant reductions in staff and court services.

Conference Approves Standards & Procedures for Sealing Civil Cases

Published onSeptember 13, 2011

The Judicial Conference of the United States today adopted a national policy that encourages federal courts to limit those instances in which they seal entire civil case files.

Judicial Leaders Hear Concerns Over Funding

Published onMarch 15, 2011

The Judicial Conference of the United States today received a report on the potentially dire consequences the federal Judiciary may face if a Fiscal Year 2011 funding measure is not soon adopted.

Judiciary Approves Pilot Project for Cameras in District Courts

Published onSeptember 14, 2010

The Judicial Conference of the United States today approved a pilot project to evaluate the effect of cameras in federal district courtrooms and the public release of digital video recordings of some civil proceedings.

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