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June 2010

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Judiciary Counters GAO's Courthouse Assessment

Judiciary Counters GAO's Courthouse Assessment

Judiciary representatives told Congress that an uninformed or hasty courtroom sharing policy will impair the ability to administer justice— and contested the validity of a GAO report on federal courthouses.

The Making of a CJA Attorney

Nationwide, there are more than 10,000 attorneys who take cases under the Criminal Justice Act. Here’s how the Judiciary helps prepare them to defend the indigent.

An Interview with Judge John Walker

The Judicial Conduct and Disability Committee balances judicial accountability with judicial independence. Committee Chair John Walker talks about how that tension is managed.

Sentencing Commission Takes New Look at Mandatory Minimums

In a day-long public hearing, legal experts gave the U.S. Sentencing Commission sometimes warring assessments of the more than 170 federal statutory provisions requiring the imposition of a sentence of at least a specified minimum term of imprisonment for certain crimes.

Two Appellate Judges Selected As Joint Recipients of 28th Annual Devitt Award

Judge Anthony J. Scirica (3rd Cir.) and Judge Ann Claire Williams (7th Cir.) were chosen for their “significant contributions to the administration of justice, the advancement of the rule of law, and the improvement of society as a whole.”

Sentelle to Chair Executive Committee

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. has appointed Chief Judge David Bryan Sentelle (D.C. Cir.), chairman of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference.

District Court Participates in Disaster Drill

The Eastern District of Virginia participated, along with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, in the Eagle Horizon Exercise, which prepares government agencies for appropriate disaster response.

March Bankruptcy Filings Highest Since 2006

Judicial Milestones

Judicial Boxscore

The Third Branch - June 2010 (pdf)

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