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August 2011

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Planning for Constitution Day

September 17 is Constitution Day and the Judiciary has online resources to help teachers and courts mark the day.

2010 Report Shows Number, Assets and Debts of Bankruptcy Filers Increased

The total assets and debts of individuals filing non-business bankruptcy petitions increased in 2010, according to a report filed with Congress this month.

Get Your COAT On!

Over 7,000 lessons have been completed by users of the Chambers Online Automation Training and now COAT has even more to offer.

Expedited Trial Program Gives California Litigants Options

The Northern District of California has adopted an expedited trial program that will resolve certain cases in a one-day trial, reducing costs for litigants and their time in court.

USSC Votes For Retroactivity

The Sentencing Commission has voted to give retroactive effect to proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines.

Retroactivity Did Not Affect Recidivism

Three years after the retroactive application of the 2007 Crack Cocaine Amendment, a study shows no statistically significant difference in recidivism rates between those whose sentences were reduced and those serving their full prison terms.

Interview: Committee Key to Delivery of Effective Defense Services

Chief Judge Claire Eagan, chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Defender Services, talks about the role the Committee plays and her goals as chair.

Pretrial Services Cases Show Steady Growth

The number of criminal defendants supervised under the federal Judiciary’s pretrial services system has grown in each of the last five fiscal years.

PACER Training Program Underway

A program aimed at having public libraries enhance the public’s knowledge and use of the Judiciary’s PACER service began this summer.

Grandier Retires, New OIT AD Named

On the retirement of Howard Grandier, Joe Peters is AD for the Office of Information Technology.

Podcast Series Features Landmark Supreme Court Cases

A series of audio podcasts on the Judiciary’s website features landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases that have shaped American life.

The State of the First Amendment

The good news: Americans have a “greater awareness and support for First Amendment rights.”

Judicial Milestones

Judicial Boxscore