25 Third Branch 1 (1993)

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Newsletter
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Vol. 25
Number 1
January 1993

Chief Justice Issues 1002 Year-End Report

President Clinton and Vice President Gore met late last year with the justices of the
Supreme Court.

Annual year-end reports on
the federal judiciary-this is my
seventh-provide an opportunity to
summarize the federal judicial
system's performance in the past
year and to communicate with the
other branches of government and
the many others who use and sup-
port the federal courts. The reports
also allow me to comment, from my
perspective, on some of the funda-
mental, underlying challenges that
we face in determining how best to
use and administer the limited re-
source that is the federal judiciary.

Thus, for example, my last year's re-
port was cautionary. I noted the
commencement of the federal
judiciary's long-range planning ef-
fort and urged that it include serious
reexamination of the role federal
courts should play in our nationwide
system of justice. I cautioned against
substantial rejection of traditional
concepts of federalism and advo-
cated a vision of the federal courts as
distinctive forums of limited jurisdic-
tion, meant to complement state
courts rather than supplant them.
See Year-End Report on page 2

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Judiciary Faces Broed
Spending Reductions
Faced with an unprecedented
funding crisis, the Executive Com-
mittee of the Judicial Conference
has formulated a spending plan for
the federal judicial branch for fiscal
year 1993. The plan identifies five
different areas where significant
spending cuts will be made in an
attempt to compensate for a short-
fall of over $100 million in the
Judiciary's principal operating ac-
count-Salaries and General Oper-
ating Expenses.
There was no painless or agree-
able way to find over $100 million
in a budget that was already tight,
Executive Committee Chairman,
Chief Judge John F. Gerry, said in a
memo sent to all United States
judges.
The Executive Committee identi-
fied nearly $120 million in reduc-
tions needed to stay within avail-
able resources for salaries and gen-
eral operating expenses. The reduc-
tions will be made in the following
areas: automation systems and sup-
port; building alterations and other
space-related expenses; furniture,
equipment, and other operating ex-
penses; probation and pretrial ser-
vices; travel; and personnel.
An additional shortfall in the
funding of some key Judiciary
See Budget on page 7

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