Conservative Approach Hallmark of Criminal Case File Reappraisal
The Administrative Office has received approval from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of a revised records disposition schedule for non-electronic criminal case files.
Telephone Interpreting Program: Access to Justice for All
In a federal courtroom, a witness, who only speaks Foochow, provides testimony in a case where no one in the room speaks that language. In a preliminary hearing, a Spanish-speaking defendant responds to questions from the judge. In both instances, an interpreter bridging the language gap for the participants is miles away at the other end of a telephone.
In Pathways Video, Federal Judge Recalls Coming of Age in Civil Rights Era
African American History Month, celebrated every February, this year occurs during the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and of Freedom Summer, two landmark events that helped end legal segregation in America.
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.
New Contact System Makes Sure Offenders Are Never Out of Reach
Nearly 158,000 offenders and defendants are under supervision in the federal probation and pretrial system. For officers, maintaining contact with each client is essential. Three districts currently are piloting a web-based Client Electronic Notification System (CENS) that will help officers maintain that contact and safeguard the community.
In Unusual Hearing, 6 From Arizona Seek Court Confirmation
In a highly unusual confirmation hearing, six nominees from one federal court district—Arizona—prepare to testify, during a recent session of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Naturalization Ceremony Becomes a Lesson in Citizenship
A federal judge from the Northern District of Ohio held a recent naturalization ceremony at a Cleveland history museum, and in the process created a memorable event for two groups.
In Time of Need, Flooded State Court Gets Help From Federal Neighbor
When a state courthouse in Lexington, Ky., was shut down by a recent plumbing incident, a neighboring federal courthouse offered assistance in an unusual way.
Bankruptcy Filings Down 12 Percent in Calendar Year 2013
In calendar year 2013, there was a 12 percent drop in cases filed in federal bankruptcy courts.
Dispute Resolution in Federal Courts: New Study to Look at How It's Working
The different ways federal district courts provide settlement assistance to parties is the focus of a new study by the Federal Judicial Center (FJC). Eight district courts are participating in the study to be completed by late 2014.