WASHINGTON – Delays in case processing, less supervision of criminal offenders, long lines due to a shortage of security personnel at courthouses and court employee layoffs are just a few of the things the federal court system is bracing for as a result of the ongoing automatic federal budget cuts known as the budget sequester.
WASHINGTON – The White House and congressional leaders continue to negotiate to prevent the federal government from falling over the so-called fiscal cliff – the set of automatic budget cuts and tax increases slated to begin on Jan. 2 absent congressional action.
Late last month, Judge Julia S. Gibbons went before a congressional subcommittee and made a pitch for $7 billion in appropriations for the federal judiciary next year – amounting to a 3 percent increase in this year’s funding. Gibbons, who sits on the 6th Circuit and chairs the Committee on the Budget of the Judicial Conference of the United States, painted a grim financial picture of what will happen to the federal courts barring congressional action: furloughs, layoffs, program cuts, the deferral of certain defense counsel services and, possibly, the suspension of the use of civil juries.
WASHINGTON – With little chance of long-term federal estate tax reform passing in Washington any time soon, attorneys are again trying to plan as best as they can – not only for their clients, but also for themselves.
Published: February 25, 2011
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Published: February 23, 2011
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President Barack Obama released his budget requests for fiscal year 2012 on Feb. 14, seeking $3.73 trillion in total spending and claiming $1.1 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years.
Within the 216-page document are numerous items for lawyers to keep an eye on as the budget works its way through Congress.