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

Expanding Caseload Fuels Judiciary Request for Resources in 2011

Published onMarch 18, 2010

Submitting the smallest funding increase requested in more than 20 years, representatives of the federal Judiciary today asked a House subcommittee to adequately fund the courts in the coming year so they can cope with anticipated increases in case filings.

Judiciary Approves Free Access to Judges’ Workload Reports; Courtroom Sharing for Magistrate Judges

Published onSeptember 15, 2009

The Judicial Conference of the United States today voted to make a judge-specific workload report available for the first time over the Internet at no charge and also approved a courtroom sharing policy for magistrate judges in new courthouse and courtroom construction.

Judiciary Updates Code of Conduct; Seeks New Judgeships

Published onMarch 17, 2009

The Judicial Conference of the United States today adopted a revised Code of Conduct for United States Judges that will take effect July 1, 2009, the first substantial Code revision since 1992. At its biannual meeting, the Conference also voted to ask Congress to create 63 new federal judgeships — 12 in the courts of appeals (nine permanent and three temporary) and 51 in the district courts (38 permanent and 13 temporary).

Judicial Conference Adopts Courtroom Sharing Policy As Latest Cost-Saver

Published onSeptember 16, 2008

In furtherance of its aggressive cost containment efforts, the Judicial Conference of the United States today adopted a policy for senior trial judges to share courtrooms in new construction. In addition, the Conference took steps to develop and implement a courtroom sharing policy for magistrate judges, to study the feasibility of and develop an appropriate policy for sharing courtrooms by non-senior district judges in large courthouses, and to study courtroom use in bankruptcy courts, and if the results warrant, develop a sharing policy for those courtrooms.

National Rules Adopted for Judicial Conduct and Disability Proceedings

Published onMarch 11, 2008

The Judicial Conference of the United States today approved the first-ever binding, nationwide set of rules for handling conduct and disability complaints against federal judges, bringing consistency and rigor to the process.

Transcripts of Federal Court Proceedings Nationwide To Be Available Online

Published onSeptember 18, 2007

The Judicial Conference of the United States today voted to make transcripts of federal district and bankruptcy court proceedings available online through the Judiciary's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system.

Federal Judiciary Says New Judgeships Needed

Published onMarch 13, 2007

The Judicial Conference of the United States today voted to ask Congress to create 67 new federal judgeships-15 for the courts of appeals and 52 for the district courts.

Conference Moves to Enhance Judges' Accountability, Ethical Compliance

Published onSeptember 19, 2006

The Judicial Conference of the United States today approved two policies aimed at aiding and enhancing judges' compliance with established ethical obligations.

Conference Supports Shift in Responsibility for Courthouses

Published onMarch 14, 2006

Contact: David Sellers, 202-502-2600

Conference Memorializes Late Chief Justice Acts on Administrative, Legislative Matters

Published onSeptember 20, 2005

The Judicial Conference of the United States today passed a resolution recognizing the late Chief Justice Rehnquist for his "integrity, courtesy, deep humility, and courage." 

Conference Calls Off-Site Security for Judges Top Priority

Published onMarch 15, 2005

The Judicial Conference of the United States today said off-site security for judges is “of the gravest concern to the federal Judiciary” and will be the top priority in discussions with the Attorney General and Director of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Conference Adopts Cost-Containment Plan in Wake of Limited Congressional Funding: Continues Push for Court Funds

Published onSeptember 21, 2004

The Judicial Conference of the United States today agreed to implement a number of sweeping cost-containment measures, including a two-year moratorium on 42 federal courthouse construction projects.

Funding and Electronic Access Top Judicial Conference Agenda

Published onMarch 16, 2004

Potential funding shortages that could eliminate or severely restrict key federal court operations, and the latest step to increase Internet access to court case files highlighted the agenda of today’s meeting of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Judicial Conference Seeks Restoration of Judges’ Sentencing Authority

Published onSeptember 23, 2003

The federal courts’ policy-making body voted today to support repeal of a new law that severely limits the ability of trial judges to depart from Sentencing Guidelines and requires reports to Congress on any federal judge who does so.

Judicial Conference Asks Congress to Create 57 New Judgeships

Published onMarch 18, 2003

The Judicial Conference of the United States today voted to ask Congress to create a total of 57 new federal judgeships—11 for the courts of appeals and 46 for the district courts.

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