Federal courts have reduced the space they occupy and cut rent costs at facilities throughout the country, according to a report provided today to the Judicial Conference of the United States.
"The judicial branch has achieved nearly 30 percent of its target of reducing building space by 3 percent over the next three years," said Judge D. Brooks Smith, Chair of the Conference's Space and Facilities Committee. "The resulting rental savings will continue to pay off with each passing year."
In this episode of “On Topic” we talk about relationships, specifically the relationship between the federal courts and Congress. We’ll also look at civic engagement — how the courts reach, and teach the media and the public.
"The final enacted FY 2014 funding level that Congress provided the Judiciary gave us much needed relief and helped put the judiciary in a position to recover from the harsh impacts of sequestration, and prior to that, a flat budget from Congress,” Judge Julia Gibbons, chair of the Budget Committee, reported today to the Judicial Conference.
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.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. has named five new Judicial Conference committee chairs and extended the terms of four current Conference committee chairs. The new appointments became effective October 1, 2013.
At its biannual meeting, the Judicial Conference approved the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures. Conference actions continue the Judiciary's decade-long cost-containment efforts that have become increasingly aggressive as sequestration triggered broad cuts in court staff and programs.
The chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Resources told a Senate subcommittee that the judicial workforce needs to expand if the Judiciary is to continue to serve litigants efficiently and effectively.