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Recognize Employees for Accumulated Sick Leave.

Employees that accumulate sick leave are dedicated to their work. Employees that call in for any little reason are not so dedicated. In fact employees have a choice to use annual leave or sick leave when they call in for emergencies or for sick leave. Recognize dedicated employees by providing incentives like a forty hour time off award every time an employee goes over 1,000 hours, 2, 000 hours, and so on. This will save ...more »

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Direct election of judges

Since the confimation process is so political anyway, why push for direct election of judges? This would keep the party in power from stacking benches, and give the people representation in the process.

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Pay Once; Not Three Times, For Same Thing

Did you know that the federal government often pays its court reports three times for the same service? First, the district courts pay court reporters their annual salary and benefits. In return, court reporters transcribe all public proceedings before each district judge, and provide those judges with transcripts when requested. Second, in a case in which a criminal is represented by a federal defender or court-appointed ...more »

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Unclog Federal Courts

To make the federal court system more responsive, add a new layer. Bring back traveling judges that go to areas where caseload require more judges to hold hearings. Hopefully a speedier system would keep people from "shopping venues" and causing more appeals. A faster response would cut down on federal detainees waiting to hearings.

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Library Books

Eliminate hard cover legal research books, everything is on the internet and all the law clerks research from there now. In fact, not all law clerks even know how to use the books nowadays.

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Building fewer new courthouses

There should be an easier process for the Courts and Congress to realign judicial districts so that court cases could be heard in the nearest courthouse, even if the closest courthouse is in a different judicial district. This would eliminate the need to build expensive small courthouses in areas that are too far from existing courthouses within their own judicial district. Case in point, it has been determined that ...more »

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Energy Reductions

Throughout the DOJ computers are left on 24 hours a day. I have been told my entire career this is so updates can be pushed out to the computers during off peak use time. I would recommend this practice to be researched to determine if this is the only/best way. These add up to thousands of computers constantly on.

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criminals

remove all the niceties that criminals get like tv's, gyms, libraries if they are going to break the law make them realize that they dont get a free ride

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Prisoners

Cut the a/C bill by increasing the temp to 80 degree in summer and winter keep it to 64 degrees. Cut the food bill feed them with half of the meal size (2 meals with existing one meal) and two times a day and not three times a day. Take one meal for poor people in our neighborhood. No cable TV at all. Let them starve and think of God and they may not never comeback because of hardship. Let them work some yard work. If ...more »

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Re-vamp the "e-Juror" system

Every spring in the District of New Jersey 100k Juror Questionnaires are sent via snail mail to prospective jurors. Once the potential jurors receive their questionnaire they have the option to submit their answers online in the current e-juror system or mail back their questionnaires with hand written answers. At 44 cents per questionnaire sent the District of New Jersey must spend $44k every year on postage. Let’s ...more »

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Video Conferencing for Appellate Oral Argument

Travel costs associated with oral argument for appellate cases is quite expensive. There are airline, hotel, and per diem costs for the judges, their law clerks/staff, government attorneys, and appointed counsel. In addition, significant travel time decreases productivity of the government employees. The use of video tele-conferencing for oral argument would save significant money in travel costs and productivity, ...more »

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Cut workers who don't work; hire the unemployed eager to work.

I see far too many employees who simply show up to work--but don't--or have very low levels of productivity. We used to have a written count of names of those who took a turn at examining bags at TSA. I propose we do this again, and those of us who barely work should be warned, suspended, and/or cut from the workforce. Either leave it at that and save on payroll, or hire qualified current unemployed workers so eager ...more »

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Utilizing DIBWIZ only for Case Prep

Currently, we have to run numerous queries when working up cases and scan them into the files including a DIBWIZ. The DIBWIZ query is very informational regarding all aspects of the cases and has most of the required queries all compiled into one master query (the only one that is missing is the certified earnings records which really is not essential because that information is also within DIBWIZ). Therefore, we are ...more »

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Abbreviated opinions should be used whenever possible

I understand courts of appeals aren't thrilled by the idea, but trial courts should, to the extent possible, decide motions by saying something like "For the reasons noted by the government in its memorandum at pages 4- 7, the motion is granted" or "is denied." This could be especially useful in orders on motions for summary judgment. I've recently seen some orders going close to 100 pages long. How much trial court time ...more »

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