Ninth Circuit postpones 2013 judicial conference over cost concerns, 2012 in Maui still scheduled
San Fransisco, CA: The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court announced on July 13 that it would be postponing its 2013 annual judicial conference over general budgetary concerns facing the U.S. government and judiciary.
The 2013 conference, which was slated to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, California, was rescheduled to 2014. Circuit and Court of Appeals Executive Cathy A. Catterson stated, "We firmly believe in the importance of the Conference in educating the federal bench and bar and in advancing governance of the Circuit. But we also recognize the need to conserve financial resources during the present fiscal crisis. We think this approach will meet both goals."
In May, the Ninth Circuit Court had drawn harsh questions and criticism from two U.S. senators over the potential costs of the 2012 circuit conference planned for in Maui, Hawaii in mid-August. In June, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski responded to the Senators demands for answers, strongly defending the conference as educational and within a reasonable expense for such conferences in a 21-page letter. On July 15, former Hawaii Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle defended the conference in a letter to the Senators on economic grounds for Hawaii.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has jurisdiction in: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, as well as the territories of Guam and the Northern Marina Islands.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, "Ninth Circuit to Reschedule 2013 Circuit Conference," July 13, 2012
- ↑ United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, "Statement from Circuit and Court of Appeals Executive Cathy A. Catterson Regarding the Inquiry from Senators Grassley and Sessions," June 15, 2012
- ↑ lingle2012.com, "Governor Lingle Responds to Senators’ Criticism of Circuit Court Conference," July 15, 2012