In early 1967, at the urging of the Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Judicial Conference of the United States recommended the establishment of a Federal Judicial Center. The Conference and the Chief Justice saw a need for an institution dedicated to helping the federal courts to identify and implement effective practices and policies to manage the increasing volume and complexity of the courts’ workload. On February 27, 1968, the Judicial Conference elected the first members to the Center’s Board, pursuant to enactment of the Center’s statute on December 20, 1967.
Throughout its five decades of existence, research and education have been the core of the Center’s work. As the Center helped courts to grow and adapt to changing conditions, so did the Center itself evolve.
The Center’s half-century of service to the judiciary is highlighted in several sections on its 50th Anniversary web page.
· General History: legislative history of the Center, a compilation of all Board member from 1968-present, messages from all the Center’s directors, and the Center’s annual reports;
· Research: examples of the Center’s major research reports and activities as well as manuals and resource guides;
· Education: sampling of programs from the past 50 years and the evolution of educational and training content and delivery to judiciary audiences;
· International Judicial Relations: the Center’s work with foreign judiciaries and in assisting other nations build accountable judicial branch institutions;
· Federal Judicial History: a timeline in the creation of the Center’s history program to bring the history of the judicial branch to light; and
· Websites: A visual history of the Center’s intranet and internet websites.
To learn more about the rich history of the Federal Judicial Center’s half-century of service, please visit the 50th Anniversary web page on the Center’s intranet and internet web sites.