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  • Judiciary Addresses Cybersecurity Breach: Extra Safeguards to Protect Sensitive Court Records January 6, 2021
    After the recent disclosure of widespread cybersecurity breaches of both private sector and government computer systems, federal courts are immediately adding new security procedures to protect highly sensitive confidential documents filed with the courts. “The federal Judiciary’s foremost concern must … Read More
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  • Duff to Retire as Administrative Office Director; Judge Mauskopf Named as Successor January 5, 2021
    James C. Duff has announced he will retire as the director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on Jan. 31. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has appointed Chief Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf, of the Eastern District … Read More
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  • Chief Justice Roberts Issues 2020 Year-End Report December 31, 2020
    Main content Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has issued his 2020 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary (pdf). This is the 16th report Chief Justice Roberts has issued since he was appointed chief … Read More
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  • Judicial Security Legislation Stalls, Awaits Congressional Action in 2021 December 17, 2020
    On Wednesday afternoon, the United States Senate considered but failed to act on the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act of 2020, legislation that would enhance the security protections for federal judges nationwide. “It is disappointing that this critical … Read More
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  • Federal Courts Participate in Audio Livestream Pilot December 15, 2020
    Thirteen district courts around the country will livestream audio of select proceedings in civil cases of public interest next year as part of a two-year pilot program. Some of the courts already have begun making proceedings available via audio livestreams. … Read More
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  • Judges Bring Students and Their Families an Inside Look at The Bill of Rights December 10, 2020
    Main content Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph, Eastern District of Wisconsin, discusses the importance of the Bill of Rights with Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Gabriela A. Leija, Assistant Federal Defender, Defender Services of … Read More
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  • Judicial and Legislative Branches to Continue Discussions on Judiciary Case Management Bill December 9, 2020
    The Judicial Conference of the United States expressed its opposition to the version of a bill passed by the House this week, saying it “will have devastating budgetary and operational impact on the Judiciary and our ability to serve the … Read More
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  • Judiciary Calls for Passage of Security Legislation December 4, 2020
    “It’s not an overstatement to say that passage of the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act of 2020 is urgently needed to protect the lives and safety of our judges,” said James C. Duff, Director of the Administrative Office … Read More
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  • Courts Suspending Jury Trials as COVID-19 Cases Surge November 20, 2020
    About two dozen U.S. district courts have posted orders that suspend jury trials or grand jury proceedings, and scale back other courthouse activities in response to a sharp nationwide rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. The surge in new court orders … Read More
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  • Law Clerk Hiring Plan Extended November 12, 2020
    The Judiciary’s Federal Law Clerk Hiring Pilot Plan, which makes the judicial clerkship hiring process more transparent and uniform, has been extended for two years after getting good reviews from both law school deans and judges. The voluntary hiring plan … Read More
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  • Chief Justice Names Conference Committee Chairs October 30, 2020
    Main content Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. has named eight new chairs of Judicial Conference committees and extended the term of a current chair by one year. The appointments took effect on Oct. 1, 2020. Judge Randolph D. Moss … Read More
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  • Bankruptcy Filings Fall Sharply for Second Straight Quarter October 29, 2020
    Despite continued high unemployment related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, personal and business bankruptcy filings fell 21.1 percent for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2020, according to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Annual bankruptcy … Read More
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  • Chief Standing Bear: A Hero of Native American Civil Rights October 29, 2020
    Main content The remarkable story of Chief Standing Bear, who in 1879 persuaded a federal judge to recognize Native Americans as persons with the right to sue for their freedom, established him as one of the nation’s earliest civil rights … Read More
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  • Grand Juries Carry on During Pandemic October 27, 2020
    Main content 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. As of October, all … Read More
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  • Judges Share 50 Years as Colleagues and Friends October 23, 2020
    Main content Four new federal judges from Florida were confirmed on Oct. 13, 1970. From left to right: Judge James Lawrence King, Judge Paul Roney, U.S. Senator Spessard Holland, U.S. Senator Edward Gurney, Judge Peter T. Fay, and Judge Gerald … Read More
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  • Judge Rya Zobel to Receive 2020 Devitt Award October 20, 2020
    Main content 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 … Read More
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  • New Jury Instructions Strengthen Social Media Cautions October 1, 2020
    A federal Judiciary committee has issued a new set of model jury instructions (pdf) that federal judges may use to deter jurors from using social media to research or communicate about cases. The new instructions, which update and expand on … Read More
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  • Judiciary Steps Up Calls to Enact Security Measures September 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 … Read More
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  • Facing Long Post-Hurricane Recovery, Court in La. Gets Help From Friends September 21, 2020
    Main content Cameron Parish, Louisiana, was flooded by first impact on Aug. 27 from Hurricane Laura (Photo by Bill Feig) Fierce winds from Hurricane Laura ripped away sections of wall in the federal courthouse in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The courthouse, … Read More
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  • ‘All too frequent tragedies demand action to improve judicial security,’ Judge tells Judicial Conference September 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. The murder of New Jersey District Judge Esther Salas’ son … Read More
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