The Judicial Conference of the United States is asking Congress for $36.6 million in funding to make the majority of temporary judgeships permanent and to add more judges to certain courts across the nation in anticipation of a backlog of cases due to COVID-19.

“The $36.6 million we are seeking is to address emergent needs such as enhanced cleaning of court facilities, health screening at courthouse entrances, information technology hardware and infrastructure costs associated with expanded telework and videoconferencing, costs associated with probation and pretrial services supervision of offenders released from prison and defendants on pretrial release, and security related costs,” wrote the Judicial Conference in a letter to House and Senate leadership.

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