Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Economic Times Prompt Call For More Bankruptcy Judges

The federal courts need additional bankruptcy judges in the face of near-record case levels to alleviate overcrowded dockets and to assure that the bankruptcy system operates efficiently, Judge Barbara Lynn today told a House subcommittee. Judge Lynn, a district court judge in the Northern District of Texas, is chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System. She appeared before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law in support of the Judicial Conference's 2009 bankruptcy judgeship recommendations.

"Our judicial resources are strained," Judge Lynn said. "And the cost to society of an overburdened bankruptcy system, especially in this economic climate, is enormous."

The Judicial Conference recommends 13 additional permanent bankruptcy judges in 10 judicial districts, the conversion of 22 existing temporary bankruptcy judges to permanent in 15 judicial districts and the extension of two existing temporary bankruptcy judges for five years.

Lynn called the need for the judges "critical."


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