Federal Judgeships: The General Accuracy of District and Appellate Judgeship Case-Related Workload Measures

GAO-09-1050T Published: Sep 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2009.
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Biennially, the Judicial Conference, the federal judiciary's principal policymaking body, assesses the need for additional judges. The assessment is based on a variety of factors, but begins with quantitative case-related workload measures. This statement focuses on (1) whether the judiciary's quantitative case-related workload measures from 1993 were reasonably accurate; and (2) the reasonableness of any proposed methodologies to update the 1993 workload measures. This statement is based on work completed and reported in 2003 and discussed in testimony on June 17, 2008.

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