The research and education agency of the federal judicial system. the FJC was established by Congress in 1967 (28 U.S.C. §§ 620-629), on the recommendation of the Judicial Conference of the United States. The many specific statutory duties of the Center and its Board fall into three broad categories:
- conducting and promoting orientation and continuing education and training for federal judges, court employees, and others.
- developing recommendations about the operation and study of the federal courts.
- conducting and promoting research on federal judicial procedures, court operations, and history.
"One of the Federal Judicial Center's duties is to teach federal court employees about how the courts work, how they are organized, and how they fit into the U.S. system of government. We developed this site as an easy reference to help court employees understand aspects of the federal courts outside of their specific responsibilities. We put it on our public website because it may also help students, the media, and the public learn more about the federal courts."