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Federal Judicial Center

Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle NE., Washington, DC 20002-8003


DIRECTOR Jeremy D. Fogel
Deputy Director John S. Cooke
Director, Editorial and Information Services Office John S. Cooke
Director, Education Division Dana K. Chipman
Director, Federal Judicial History Office Clara Altman
Director, Information Technology Office Esther DeVries
Director, International Judicial Relations Office Mira Gur-Arie
Director, Office of Administration Nancy Payne
Director, Research Division James B. Eaglin

The Federal Judicial Center is the judicial branch's agency for policy research and continuing education.

The Federal Judicial Center was created by act of December 20, 1967 (28 U.S.C. 620), to further the development and adoption of improved judicial administration in the courts of the United States.

The Center's basic policies and activities are determined by its Board, which is composed of the Chief Justice of the United States, who is permanent Chair of the Board by statute, and two judges of the U.S. courts of appeals, three judges of the U.S. district courts, one bankruptcy judge, and one magistrate judge, all of whom are elected for 4-year terms by the Judicial Conference of the United States. The Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts is also a permanent member of the Board.

The organization of the Center reflects its primary statutory mandates. The Education Division plans education and produces training—including curriculum packages for in-district training, in-person programs, publications, video programs, and web-based programs and resources—for judges and court staff. The Research Division examines and evaluates current and alternative Federal court practices and policies. Its research assists Judicial Conference committees in developing policy recommendations. The research also contributes substantially to the Center's educational programs. The Federal Judicial History Office helps courts and others study and preserve Federal judicial history. The International Judicial Relations Office provides information to judicial and legal officials from foreign countries and informs Federal judicial personnel of developments in international law and other court systems that may affect their work. Two units of the Director's Office—the Information Technology Office and the Editorial and Information Services Office—support the agency's mission through editorial and design assistance, organization and dissemination of Center resources, and technology.

Sources of Information

Annual Reports

Annual Reports, from 1969 to the present, are available to download as Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Educational Materials

Materials that the Center produces as part of its educational programs for judges and court employees are accessible online.

Career Opportunities

The Center posts job openings online. Contact the Human Resources Office for more information. Phone, 202-502-4165.


Questions about the history of the Federal judiciary? Submit them to the experts at the Federal Judicial History Office. Phone, 202-502-4180. Fax, 202-502-4077. | Email:

Nearly 600 images of historic Federal courthouses and other buildings that have served as the meeting places of Federal courts are available online.


Single copies of most Federal Judicial Center publications that are printed in hard copy are available free of charge. Phone, 202-502-4153. Fax, 202-502-4077.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Teaching Resources

Teaching and civic outreach resources are available online.

Visiting Foreign Judicial Fellows

Foreign judges, court officials, and scholars may apply for the opportunity to conduct research at the Center on topics concerning the administration of justice in the United States.

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