The $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by the U.S. Congress as a government shutdown loomed included some relief for the federal judiciary.
As part of the Fiscal Year 2015 omnibus spending measure, the judiciary will receive $6.7 billion in discretionary appropriations, a 2.8 percent or $182 million increase from the Fiscal Year 2014 discretionary funding.
According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the 2015 funding is essentially equal to the judiciary’s re-estimated fiscal year funding request. The appropriation is sufficient for the federal courts to operate effectively and will allow them to continue to recover from the effects of the 2013 sequestration cuts.
“We are very pleased with the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriation for the judiciary,” said Judge John Bates, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. “Although the federal judiciary’s budget is only two-tenths of one percent of the federal budget, adequate resources are essential for the courts to dispense justice in a timely fashion.”
The spending bill is now on the desk of President Barack Obama who has said he will sign the measure.