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38 Third Branch 1 (2006)

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Federal                  n,
Vol. 38
Number 2
January 2006

2005 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary                                Introduction
New Year's Day in America
means football, parades, and, of
course, the Year-End Report on the
Federal Judiciary. I am pleased to
carry on the tradition launched by
Chief Justice Burger, and continued
for the past 19 years by Chief Justice
Rehnquist, of issuing on New Year's
Day a report on the state of the
federal courts. I recognize that it is
a bit presumptuous for me to issue
this Report at this time, barely three
months after taking the oath as
Chief Justice. It remains for me very
much a time for listening rather than
speaking. But I do not intend to start
the New Year by breaking with a 30-
year-old tradition, and so will high-
light in this Report issues that are
pressing and apparent, even after
only a few months on the job.
First and foremost: the state
of the federal judiciary is strong.
We celebrated on September 24th
the 250th anniversary of the birth
of Chief Justice John Marshall. If
Marshall were able to observe the
work of the federal courts today, there
doubtless would be much that would
surprise him. But he would see in the
work of the men and women who
took the same judicial oath he did
the same commitment to uphold the
Constitution and to fulfill the Fram-
(Photo courtesy of Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States)  er's vision of a judicial branch with
the strength and independence to

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