Federal Judiciary Gets Budget Increase in Last-Minute Deal

The budget deal Congress approved late yesterday to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling provides $51 million in additional funding for the judiciary and federal defenders. In the bill, $1.01 billion would go to defender services, marking a $26 million annual increase over Fiscal Year 2013 for attorneys who represent indigent defendants, said Charles Hall, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The extra funding would primarily go to pay the backlog of attorney fees under the Criminal Justice Act, which funds court-appointed private counsel. Overall, the judiciary budget would increase from about $6.65 billion to about $6.7 billion. The Blog of the Legal Times has the story.