A recent U.S. Senate report, critical of what it termed a “one-way glide path to growth” among federal appeals courts nationwide, gave the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit mixed reviews for managing its resources.

The report from U.S. Senator Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, a frequent critic of federal court spending, found the Second Circuit justified in filling a final vacancy among its 13 authorized judgeships. But it said that a plan, endorsed last month by the federal courts’ governing body, to add two more temporary judgeships, should be postponed until the Second Circuit takes more efficiency steps. Among them, the report recommended curbing oral arguments, judges’s non-case-related travel, and court recesses.

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