Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) (Federal Agency Profiles)
ESTABLISHED: August 7, 1939
ADDRESS: One Columbus Circle NE Washington, DC 20544
PHONE: (202) 273-1120
DIRECTOR: L. Ralph Mecham
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
The mission of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) is to provide a variety of support functions to the United States federal judiciary. The AO prepares and submits the budget for the courts to the Judicial Conference for approval by Congress. It analyzes legislation from Congress that will affect the courts' operations or personnel, and it interprets and applies the new laws. It also provides administrative help to members of the courts in the form of clerks, pretrial officers, court reporters, and public defenders.
HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
The Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) is part of the judicial branch of the U.S. government. Its director is appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in consultation with the Judicial Conference of the United States, the body that sets the national and legislative policy of the federal judiciary. The Judicial...
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Administrative Office of the United States Courts (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
The Administrative Office of the United States Courts is the administrative headquarters of the federal court system. It was created by congressional act on August 7, 1939 (28 U.S.C.A. § 601), and since November 6, 1939, it has tended to the nonjudicial business of the U.S. courts. The Administrative Office helps Congress monitor the state of affairs within the federal judiciary. It arranges clerical and administrative support to federal district courts and their subdivisions, and it provides for the various benefits available to the federal judiciary. Furthermore, by gathering and analyzing statistics and data and reporting the findings to Congress and the JUDICIAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED STATES, the Administrative Office plays an important part in determining the extent and character of the very support it provides.
The director of the Administrative Office is the administrative officer of all the federal courts except the Supreme Court. The Judicial Conference of the United Stateshe federal agency charged with overseeing federal judicial mattersupervises and guides the director's work. The director and the deputy director are appointed by the SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED...
(The entire section is 1450 words.)