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News & Announcements: January, 2023

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

Wed, 12/06/2023

The right to a jury is mentioned in more of the first Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution (Bill of Rights) than any other right.  Our founders clearly believed juries were important to our democratic society.  Please write a class essay to...

Fri, 12/01/2023

On December 1, 2023, amendments to the Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, Criminal, and Evidence rules and forms became effective along with new Bankruptcy Rule 9038, new Civil Rule 87, and new Criminal Rule 62. Amendments can be found...

Fri, 11/17/2023

Effective December 1, 2023, certain fees on the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule are to be adjusted for inflation. Fee adjustments can be found here.

Tue, 11/07/2023

Last month, the Honorable Yvette Kane marked twenty-five years of distinguished service to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania by hosting a reunion of her law clerks.  Twenty-five law clerks gathered for a...

Mon, 11/06/2023

IN RE: Procedures Regarding the Possession and Use of Cameras and Personal Electronic Devices by Visitors to Federal Buildings and United States Courthouses Within the Middle District Of Pennsylvania |...

Wed, 11/01/2023

Standing Order 2023-19 IN RE: Motions for Retroactive Application of Amendment 821 to the Sentencing Guidelines | Read the Order

Mon, 10/23/2023

Chief Judge Michael A. Chagares of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announces the application process for the Federal Public Defender in the Western District of Pennsylvania. |...

Sun, 10/01/2023

At its September 2022 session, the Judicial Conference approved a significant
increase to the maximum per page original and copy transcript fee rates. The
increase of roughly 10 percent in each of the fiscal years 2024 and 2025 ... |...

Thu, 09/28/2023

In accordance with the authority conferred by Title 28 U.S.C, Section 631 , et seq., and
the requirements of the applicable statute and the Judicial Conference of the United States
regarding the appointment of United States Magistrate...

Mon, 07/31/2023


Today in the William J. Nealon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, a group of former law clerks gathered to celebrate what would have been Judge Nealon's 100th birthday. Judge Nealon is not only the longest-serving Judge in the history...