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No Funds Available for Additional Chapter 7 Trustee Payments

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has advised the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts that it has no funds available to transfer to the Judiciary
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Program Recalls Courage of Fred Korematsu and his Fight for Justice

Honolulu high school students experienced the journey of Fred Korematsu firsthand during a courtroom reenactment of Korematsu’s fight for racial justice that included the attorneys
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Bankruptcies Rise 16 Percent Over Previous Year

Bankruptcy filings rose 16 percent during the 12-month period ending March 31, 2024. That is a similar rate of acceleration as in the Dec. 31,
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Outreach Event Sparks Dialogue on Disability Rights

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Hundreds of lawyers and community members joined Minnesota federal judges in a recent courthouse event fostering awareness of disability rights. 

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Judge Aleta Trauger Opened Doors for Women in Law

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Aleta A. Trauger earned a reputation as a tough prosecutor after convicting a former Tennessee governor during her stint at the U.S. attorney’s … Read More

Case Closure Rates Get Longer as E-Discovery Increases

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Federal Public Defender Jon Sands was making final preparations before a multi-defendant drug trial, when he was interrupted by an email containing his … Read More

Judiciary Releases Annual Report and Judicial Business Data

The Judiciary today released its Annual Report providing detailed information about mission critical initiatives that advanced over the course of 2023, including efforts to enhance … Read More

Conference Acts to Promote Random Case Assignment

The Judicial Conference of the United States has strengthened the policy governing random case assignment, limiting the ability of litigants to effectively choose judges in … Read More

New Court Programs Inspire Students to Enter Legal Profession

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Judges and program facilitators celebrate the first class of Kazen fellows during a graduation ceremony at the federal courthouse in Laredo, Texas.

Judges and program facilitators celebrate the first class of Kazen fellows during a graduation ceremony at the federal courthouse in Laredo, Texas.

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Judge Raymond Lohier Shares His Immigration Story and the Diverse Perspective it Brings

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Daily life became a verbal obstacle course for the French-speaking, six-year-old Raymond J. Lohier, Jr., when his parents moved him from Montreal, Canada, … Read More

New Civics Education Program Puts a Local Lens on Landmark Supreme Court Cases

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  • High school students in the St. Louis area participate in a new civics education program at the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse.

    High school students in the St. Louis area participate in a new civics education program at the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse.

  • Eighth Circuit Clerk of Court Michael E. Gans provides students with insights into the appellate process.

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Bankruptcy Filings Rise 16.8 Percent

Total bankruptcy filings rose 16.8 percent, with significant increases in both business and non-business bankruptcies, in the twelve-month period ending Dec. 31, 2023. This accelerates … Read More

Chief Justice Roberts Issues 2023 Year-End Report

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has issued his 2023 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary (pdf).

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Judiciary Steps Up Calls to Enact Security Measures

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 … Read More

Facing Long Post-Hurricane Recovery, Court in La. Gets Help From Friends

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  • Cameron Parish, Louisiana, was flooded by first impact on Aug. 27 from Hurricane Laura (Photo by Bill Feig)

    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.

    Fierce winds from Hurricane Laura

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‘All too frequent tragedies demand action to improve judicial security,’ Judge tells Judicial Conference

“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 … Read More

‘All too frequent tragedies demand action to improve judicial security,’ Judge tells Judicial Conference

“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 … Read More

Judges Help Students Focus on Meaning of Constitution and Citizenship Day

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    High school students and their theater teacher in Sacramento bring their understanding of the Preamble into an interpretive reading at the virtual Constitution

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Courts Making Juror Safety a Top Priority

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  • Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, of the Northern District of Texas, tries out her new face shield as she prepares for a June 1 jury trial in her courtroom.

    Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, of the Northern District of Texas, tries out her new face shield as she prepares for a June

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Congress Urged to Adopt Judicial Security Measures

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 … Read More

Supreme Court Fellows Set to Begin New Term

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The 2020-2021 Supreme Court fellows, clockwise from top left, Allison A. Bruff, Sarah Alsaden, Hannah M. Solomon-Strauss, and Kathleen Foley. Images are from the collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.

The 2020-2021 Supreme Court fellows, clockwise from top left, Allison A. Bruff, Sarah Alsaden, Hannah M. Solomon-Strauss, and Kathleen Foley. Images are from

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Federal Judges Reinventing the Jury Trial During Pandemic

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These days, the work of a U.S. district judge can seem a lot like “building an airplane while you’re flying it,” says Judge … Read More

Judiciary Report Underscores Commitment to Civics Education

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 … Read More

Courthouse Closures for Hurricane Laura

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This page was last updated at 8:30 p.m. on August 30, 2020.

The federal courthouse in Lake Charles, Louisiana is closed for the

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As Courts Restore Operations, COVID-19 Creates a New Normal

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This is the first of a multi-part series on how federal courts are working to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

Chief Judge James K. Bredar

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Defenders Work to Ensure Due Process Amid Pandemic

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Of the many challenges that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has imposed on the ongoing operations of federal courts, some of the toughest are … Read More

Judicial Conference Approves Measures to Increase Security for Federal Judges

A series of recommendations to upgrade and expand security for federal judges and increase Congressional funding to support the security program have been approved by … Read More

Judges, Lawyers Bring Life Skills to Virtual Classroom Activities for Home and School

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High school teachers can bring real-life civics into their virtual lessons when they invite federal judges and volunteer attorneys to facilitate a civil … Read More

Bankruptcy Filings Fall 11.8 Percent for Year Ending June 30

Despite a sharp rise in unemployment related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, personal and business bankruptcy filings fell 11.8 percent for the 12-month period ending … Read More

Some Courts Slow Reopening Plans as COVID Cases Rise

At a time when some states are backtracking on plans to restore business and government operations, a number of federal courts also are slowing plans … Read More