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A Strategic Plan for the Federal Judiciary - Annual Report 2010

Strategic Plan for the Federal Judicary

Strategies and goals in the plan are organized around seven issues: providing justice; effective and efficient management of public resources; the Judiciary workforce of the future; harnessing technology's potential; enhancing access to the judicial process; the Judiciary's relationship with other branches of government; and enhancing public understanding, trust, and confidence.

Preserving Core Values and Meeting Challenges

The Judicial Conference approved the 2010 Strategic Plan for the Federal Judiciary on September 14, 2010 as a guide for judicial branch leadership in shaping the future course for the federal Judiciary.

The plan identifies goals for preserving Judiciary core values—the rule of law, equal justice, judicial independence, accountability, excellence, and service—while addressing challenges and meeting new demands on resources.

The plan was developed by an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Judiciary Planning, formed by the Executive Committee in 2008 with the permission of the Chief Justice. Judge Charles R. Breyer, Northern District of California, then a member of the Executive Committee, chaired the group, which included Executive Committee members, current and former Conference committee chairs, and Judiciary executives. In developing the Strategic Plan, the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee worked closely with Judicial Conference committees, and considered ideas and suggestions from circuit judicial councils, chief judges, and others.

The Judicial Conference also approved enhancements to the Judiciary's planning approach. Conference committees will play a key role in the plan's implementation in coming years, working with courts, circuit judicial councils, and other Judiciary organizations to accomplish the goals. In October 2010, the Executive Committee designated Judge Breyer to serve a two-year renewable term as Judiciary Planning Coordinator. With support from the Administrative Office (AO), Judge Breyer will assist the Executive Committee as it guides planning efforts for the Judicial Conference and its committees.

The 2010 Strategic Plan is available on the Judiciary's public website,, under Federal Courts, Publications.