U.S. Courts Request More Money, New Judgeships from Congress (1)

Feb. 24, 2021, 7:12 PM; Updated: Feb. 24, 2021, 11:11 PM

The federal judiciary asked Congress Wednesday for an additional $403 million in discretionary spending for fiscal 2022, citing projected workload increases, courthouse security issues, and cybersecurity needs.

The request is a 5.2% increase from the enacted appropriation for the previous fiscal year and would bring the judiciary’s total discretionary appropriations to $8.1 billion.

Filings in criminal and bankruptcy cases over the past year decreased as a result of the pandemic, but the judiciary expects an increase in 2021, John W. Lungstrum, a judge on the District of Kansas, said in written testimony. Lungstrum chairs the budget committee of the...

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