The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the federal judiciary’s bureaucracy, has never been known to turn on a dime. But it did last week, after the Community Rights Counsel criticized the office for “slow-walking” efforts by the Judicial Conference to make the funding of judges’ participation in privately funded seminars more transparent.

Within hours, the administrative office confessed that its procedure thus far “does not appear to be consistent with the Conference’s policy.” It said information about host organizations will soon be online before judges take trips.

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