Grand Juries Carry on During Pandemic
Published onOctober 27, 2020
As the federal courts have gradually resumed operations with new pandemic-era health and safety rules in place, one aspect of the courts’ mission is on a fast track: the resumption of grand jury proceedings.
Judges Share 50 Years as Colleagues and Friends
Published onOctober 23, 2020
On the same afternoon in October 1970, the Senate confirmed four new federal judges from Florida. This month, three are celebrating a half-century on the bench, as well as a strong, continuing friendship.
Judge Rya Zobel to Receive 2020 Devitt Award
Published onOctober 20, 2020
Senior U.S. District Judge Rya Zobel, who grew up in Nazi Germany and later became the first woman to serve as director of the Federal Judicial Center, is the recipient of the 2020 Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.
New Jury Instructions Strengthen Social Media Cautions
Published onOctober 1, 2020
A federal Judiciary committee has issued a new set of model jury instructions that federal judges may use to deter jurors from using social media to research or communicate about cases.
Judiciary Steps Up Calls to Enact Security Measures
Published onSeptember 22, 2020
Citing the latest act of violence this year, in which a judge's family and officers at two federal courthouses have come under attack, the Judiciary has stepped up its call to congressional leaders for a series of safety measures “to protect the safety of the public at our nation’s courthouses.”
Facing Long Post-Hurricane Recovery, Court in La. Gets Help From Friends
Published onSeptember 21, 2020
Hurricane Laura has left a lasting impact on the Western Louisiana community of Lake Charles, and the federal courthouse could be closed a year or more. Despite the disarray, courts in New Orleans, Texas, and even Alaska have reached out to support the court’s staff in getting back on their feet.
'All too frequent tragedies demand action to improve judicial security,' Judge tells Judicial Conference
Published onSeptember 15, 2020
“Four federal judges and three family members have been killed since 1979. These horrific tragedies must stop,” Judge David W. McKeague told the Judicial Conference of the United States today.
Judges Help Students Focus on Meaning of Constitution and Citizenship Day
Published onSeptember 14, 2020
Federal judges from New York to California are creating online civics opportunities throughout September to help students honor Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, despite the termination of courthouse trips and classroom visits due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Courts Making Juror Safety a Top Priority
Published onSeptember 10, 2020
A small group of judges around the country have presided over jury trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number is growing as the backlog of criminal cases becomes an increasing concern among courts acutely aware that defendants are entitled to a fair, impartial, and timely trial.
Congress Urged to Adopt Judicial Security Measures
Published onSeptember 9, 2020
Citing the recent fatal attack at the home of a federal judge in New Jersey and increasing threats against federal judges, the Judiciary has asked Congress to enact a package of safety measures that would improve security at judges’ homes and at federal courthouses.
Supreme Court Fellows Set to Begin New Term
Published onSeptember 3, 2020
Four new Supreme Court Fellows are set to begin their 2020-2021 fellowships in September working virtually, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Federal Judges Reinventing the Jury Trial During Pandemic
Published onAugust 27, 2020
A group of federal judges around the country are reinventing the jury trial so that it is not only a fair forum for the administration of justice, but also a safe experience for everyone in the courtroom, including defendants and jurors.
Judiciary Report Underscores Commitment to Civics Education
Published onAugust 26, 2020
Federal courts are approaching the 2020-2021 academic year with an endorsement of volunteer civics education efforts by judges and a willingness to support teachers in bringing the human face of the Judiciary into their civics and government classes, whether students are at home or in school.
Courthouse Closures for Hurricane Laura
Published onAugust 26, 2020
Federal courthouses in Louisiana are closed due to the effects of Hurricane Laura.
As Courts Restore Operations, COVID-19 Creates a New Normal
Published onAugust 20, 2020
When coronavirus (COVID-19) cases spiked in March, court practices changed almost overnight, relying on virtual hearings that make it possible to conduct most court-related activities without coming to the building. Now, with courts seeking to restore in-person proceedings, one thing already is clear: Justice in a pandemic environment will have a very different look and feel.