U.S. Judiciary: Chief Justice John Roberts Issues 2013 Year-End Report

John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, issued a 2013 year-end report on the judiciary.

The Chief Justice focused on the budget in this year’s report. The Chief Justice stated that the sequester has caused staff reductions and other cuts. Further adherence to a hard freeze at the sequester level could continue the necessity of staff reductions and other cuts within the judicial branch. The Chief Justice noted that the judiciary’s total budget is 0.2 of 1% of total federal outlays (the number of the outlay mas not specified in the Chief Justice’s report).

Position

Pay in 2010-2013 (in dollars)

Pay in 2014 (in dollars)

Chief Justice of the United States

223,500

255,500

Associate Justices of the Supreme Court

213,900

244,500

Circuit Judges

184,500

211,200

District Judges

174,000

199,100

Judges of the Court of International Trade

174,000

199,100

]

In the appendix to the report, the Chief Justice provides and explanation of the workload of the judiciary. I will focus on the Supreme Court’s workload. Five per curiam decisions were issued during this term in cases that were not argued.

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Filings

8521

8857

8241

7738

8159

7857

7713

7509

In forma pauperis

6846

7132

6627

6142

6576

6299

6160

6005

Paid docket

1671

1723

1614

1596

1583

1558

1553

1504

Cases:

argued

87

78

75

87

82

86

79

77

disposed

82

74

72

83

77

83

73

76

signed opinions

69

67

67

74

73

75

64

73

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