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

Judicial Conference Revises Policy to Expand Remote Audio Access Over Its Pre-COVID Policy

Published onSeptember 12, 2023

The Judicial Conference of the United States on Tuesday approved a change to its broadcast policy that expands the public’s access to civil and bankruptcy proceedings over the Judiciary’s longstanding pre-COVID policy, which prohibited all remote public access to federal court proceedings.

Federal Judiciary Seeks New Judgeship Positions

Published onMarch 14, 2023

The Judicial Conference of the United States today agreed to recommend to Congress the creation of new district and court of appeals judgeships to meet workload demands in certain courts.

Judiciary Repeats Call for Improved Security for Judges, Acts on Administrative Issues

Published onSeptember 20, 2022

The federal Judiciary’s national policy-making body today agreed to administer regular workplace surveys to its employees and to extend flexibilities for remote public access to certain proceedings when the national emergency ends.

Judicial Conference Adopts Transparency Measures

Published onMarch 15, 2022

Taking steps to increase transparency and public access, the federal Judiciary’s policy making body today approved automating the release of judges’ financial disclosure reports, amending its conflict screening policy, and expanding the scope of its audio streaming pilot project.

Judiciary Supplements Judgeship Request, Prioritizes Courthouse Projects

Published onSeptember 28, 2021

The Judiciary’s policy-making body today recommended that Congress create new judgeships because of a rapid and substantial rise in felony prosecutions in two districts.

Judiciary Seeks New Judgeships, Reaffirms Need for Enhanced Security

Published onMarch 16, 2021

The Judicial Conference of the United States, the Judiciary’s policy-making body, today addressed two of its most pressing issues – a proposal to add 79 new judgeships for courts across the country and initiatives to improve both personal and courthouse security.

'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.

Federal Judiciary Confronts Coronavirus Spread: Judicial Conference Acts on Court Administration Matters

Published onMarch 17, 2020

The Judicial Conference of the United States today convened by teleconference today due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. 

Judiciary Adopts New Model EDR Plan, Doubles Fee Waiver for PACER

Published onSeptember 17, 2019

The federal Judiciary’s national policy making body today approved a new model employment dispute resolution (EDR) plan that will simplify and expand the options for addressing wrongful workplace conduct and, in other action, took steps to make electronic access to court records free for more users.  

Judicial Conference Approves Package of Workplace Conduct Reforms

Published onMarch 12, 2019

The federal Judiciary’s national policy-making body today approved a package of workplace conduct-related amendments stating the obligations of judges and Judiciary employees to report reliable information likely to constitute misconduct; making clear that confidentiality obligations should never be an obstacle to reporting judicial misconduct or disability; and specifying that retaliation for disclosing misconduct is itself misconduct.

Judicial Conference Addresses Workplace Conduct and Criminal Justice Act Issues

Published onSeptember 13, 2018

The Judicial Conference today approved changes to the Judiciary's Model Employment Dispute Resolution (EDR) Plan to cover interns and externs and to extend the time for initiating EDR complaints from 30 to 180 days. The Conference’s Judicial Resources Committee will consider further changes to the model plan at its next meeting. The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts also reported on the recruitment of a Judicial Integrity Officer in the Administrative Office and the expansion of judicial, staff, and law clerk orientations and education dealing with workplace harassment.

Judicial Conference Receives Status Report on Workplace Conduct Review

Published onMarch 13, 2018

Nearly 20 reforms and improvements have been implemented or are under development to help address workplace conduct concerns in the federal judiciary, James C. Duff, Chair of the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group, reported today at the biannual meeting of the Judicial Conference.

Judicial Conference Approves Courthouse Construction Priorities; Courthouse Guidelines for Portable Communication Devices

Published onSeptember 12, 2017

The Judicial Conference of the United States today approved an updated list of courthouse construction priorities and guidelines for portable communications devices in courthouses.   

Judicial Conference Asks Congress to Create New Judgeships

Published onMarch 14, 2017

The Judicial Conference of the United States today agreed to recommend to Congress the creation of 57 new Article III judgeships in the courts of appeals and district courts. If an omnibus judgeship bill is enacted into law, it would be first new comprehensive judgeship legislation to take effect in more than 26 years.

Judicial Conference Approves Prisoner Case Filing and Judge Assistance Pilot Programs

Published onSeptember 13, 2016

Two pilot programs – one that will allow pro se prisoners to file certain federal court documents electronically from a kiosk in a prison and a second that will provide judicial assistance to select district courts with unusually high civil caseloads – were approved today by the Judicial Conference at its biannual meeting in Washington, D.C.