Patent Cases Rise, With Two Courts Leading the Nation
Over the last two years, filings of patent cases in federal courts have risen 12 percent to 6,401. While many districts show a double-digit increase in the number of patent filings in 2012-2013, the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas saw the largest growth in patent cases, respectively, at 364 and 275 filings.
Vilified in 1940s, Federal Judge Is Honored As Civil Rights Hero
In the mid-1940s, Judge J. Waties Waring from South Carolina had an epiphany that shook his life, his state, and American racial history. Segregation, he concluded, was not just wrong, but unlawful. On April 11, Judge Waring’s legacy was reclaimed, with a statue honoring his memory.
Judiciary Act, Impact of Federal Courts Today Are Focus of Education Effort
The 225th Anniversary of the Judiciary Act, and how federal courts continue to affect average Americans today, will be a key theme in the U.S. courts’ public education efforts for 2014.
Public Meeting Leads to Plan Speeding Hurricane Sandy Litigation
Nearly a year after Super Storm Sandy, New Jersey is seeing another wave. This time, it’s a surge in federal cases involving flood insurance carriers.
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.
New Manual Shows Importance of Interpreters in Federal Court System
A newly published Federal Court Interpreter Orientation Manual and Glossary (pdf) provides an overview of the federal court interpreting program. The manual provides an introduction to the federal court system, interpreting best practices, and reference materials.
Women’s History Month Video: Federal Judge Says You Can Never ‘Dream Big Enough’
As a child, Julie A. Robinson was inspired by a story told by her grandmother, of how Civil Rights pioneer Mary McLeod Bethune was invited to the White House to meet with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Years later, Robinson followed Bethune’s footsteps into the White House, to be interviewed for a federal judgeship.
AG Endorses Proposed Changes to Drug Sentencing Guidelines
Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on March 13, 2014, to endorse a proposed change to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines that would reserve the harshest penalties for the most serious drug offenders. The Judicial Conference Criminal Law Committee supports this change.
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.
Reports Released on 2013 Federal Court Caseloads, Activities
An in-depth look at the 2013 caseload of the federal courts and activities of the Administrative Office can be found in the 2013 Judicial Business of the U.S. Courts, and Annual Report of the Director, released today by the Administrative Office.