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Circuit Issues Statement on Upcoming Conference

May 20, 2012 / Ninth Circuit Public Information Office

Statement from Circuit and Court of Appeals Executive Cathy A. Catterson
Regarding the Inquiry from Senators Grassley and Sessions

The Ninth Circuit is in receipt of the May 18, 2012, letter from Senators Grassley and Sessions, Ranking Members of the Senate Judiciary and Senate Budget Committees, respectively, regarding the upcoming Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.  The letter is being reviewed at this time and a response to the Senators will be forthcoming. 

As part of the Third Branch of government, the Ninth Circuit is fully aware of its responsibilities as a steward of public funds.  The conference is authorized by law "for the purpose of considering the business of the courts and advising means of improving the administration of justice within the circuit." [ 28 U.S.C. Sec. 333] The conference fully adheres to these goals, providing an exceptional educational program and the opportunity to conduct numerous business meetings that further circuit governance.  Judges and other attendees take seriously their obligation to participate fully in the conference.  Costs for lodging and air travel to attend the conference are comparative to those found at mainland venues. Any sporting and recreational activities are paid for by individuals and are not reimbursable.

May 21, 2012


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