Federal trial judges may start doubling up to reduce the need for courtroom space at a time when budgets are tight and fewer cases go to trial. The Judicial Conference, the policy-making body of the federal judiciary, took steps in that direction at its fall closed-door meeting at the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Anthony Scirica, chief judge of the 3rd Circuit, said at a press conference following the meeting that the move toward shared courtrooms was part of the judiciary's ongoing cost containment efforts.
Federal Judges May Start Sharing Courtrooms
September 17, 2008