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Containing costs in a time of limited budgets is a major judicial initiative. This page contains articles and other resources related to federal court funding and cost-containment efforts.


The federal Judiciary has made major strides in the first year of a five-year campaign to reduce court building space by 3 percent.


The Judiciary will receive $6.7 billion in discretionary appropriations, a 2.8 percent, or $182 million, increase above FY 2014 discretionary funding. The FY 2015 level is essentially equal to the Judiciary’s re-estimated FY 2015 funding request.


The federal Judiciary and the General Services Administration (GSA) are launching an important new dialogue on space and rent management, at a time when the U.S. government’s landlord and one of its largest tenants are both grappling with a new era of downsizing.


A probation office in Chicago has become the national "flagship" of a federal Judiciary initiative to shrink rent costs, by reimagining and downsizing the traditional office workplace.


In a space-cutting move that will save the judiciary more than $1 million a year in rent and security costs, the federal bankruptcy court in Miami is moving into a nearby district court building.

Judiciary Looks to Stabilize Financial Position in 2015

A representative of the Judicial Conference expressed strong concerns to Congress about the Judiciary’s long-term ability to carry out its functions under a no-growth federal budget.

Judicial Conference Reports Show Sequestration Impact, Detail Court Space Savings

Federal Judiciary leaders today received a report on the impact of reduced funding due to sequestration – which cut court staff and delayed cases – and a separate report on an aggressive multi-faceted strategy to reduce the costs of court space.

Judiciary Restores Pay Rates for Panel Attorneys

The hourly pay rates for lawyers who represent indigent defendants in federal criminal cases, which were temporarily reduced last year, have been restored, effective March 1, 2014.

Year-End Report on Judiciary: Help Needed to Repair Sequestration's Damage

In his year-end report, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said that despite a decade of cost-cutting efforts, federal courts need help in overcoming budget damage caused by sequestration.


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit had a problem. With four appellate judges in its Philadelphia courthouse approaching senior status, there wasn’t enough room to construct chambers for the new judges who would fill their seats.