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23 Third Branch 1 (1991)

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log  Year-End Report ot the eeral Judiciary

William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice
of the United States
A theme of the judicial activities
of 1990 has been that of the collabo-
ration of efforts and ideas among
the three Branches and among vari-
ous segments of the national and in-
ternational judiciary. The year has
seen joint meetings and conferences
at which representatives of the three
Branches, representatives of the var-
ious levels of federal and state judi-
ciaries, and even representatives of
the judicial systems of other coun-
tries have combined their energies
to seek creative solutions to prob-
lems of mutual concern.
The business of the federal courts
continued to multiply during 1990,
fueled by drug cases and an ever-
rising tide of personal bankruptcies.
Criminal case filings in the district
courts rose 6 percent to nearly
49,000, doubling the growth re-
corded last year and marking the
tenth consecutive increase in filings.
New drug filings were up 6 percent,
while filings for violations of weap-
ons and immigration laws climbed
more than 23 percent each as the
Immigration and Naturalization

Service and the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms used their ex-
panded resources to attack drug net-
Drug cases were also a factor in
the 3 percent rise in the caseload of
the courts of appeals, which reached
nearly 41,000 filings this year. Ap-
peals of drug cases increased 29 per-
cent and accounted for 60 percent of
all criminal appeals filed this year.
Appeals of sentences imposed under
the Sentencing Guidelines added
1,750 cases to the criminal appeals
workload in 1990.
Bankruptcy petitions filed in the
courts during 1990 rose to 725,000,
as personal bankruptcies rose 14 per-
See Year-End Report, page 2


See Cameras Experiment, page 8

of the
Vol. 23
Number 1
January 1991

Curts Selected for
Cameras Experime t
The Judicial Conference's Ad Hoc
Committee on Cameras in the Court-
room, on behalf of the Conference,
has selected two courts of appeals
and six district courts to participate
in a three-year experiment that will
permit the photographing, recording,
and broadcasting of certain civil pro-
ceedings. The courts participating in
the three-year experiment will be as
m U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Second Circuit
n U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Ninth Circuit
] Southern District of Indiana
* District of Massachusetts
 Eastern District of Michigan
s Southern District of New York
*1 Eastern District of Pennsylvania
n Western District of Washington
The experiment, which will com-
mence July 1, 1991, and conclude
June 30, 1994, will be conducted in
accordance with guidelines ap-
proved by the Conference at its Sep-
tember 1990 meeting. Six circuits and
13 districts volunteered to participate
in the experiment. In selecting the
participating courts, the Ad Hoc
Committee sought to maximize the
number of instances where broad-

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