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Annual Report 2020

Message from the Director

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic altered even the most routine activities of daily life everywhere. Safety became the central consideration in every decision. Like our colleagues throughout the federal judiciary, the people at the Federal Judicial Center responded to the pandemic with creativity and dedication to help maintain operations in the federal courts while protecting the health of all concerned. The Center quickly shifted to conducting business and delivering service virtually, and it developed programs and projects to address pandemic-generated issues and needs in the courts.

Report Highlights

20 research and evaluation projects completed. Work commenced or continued on 48 others, including 9 related to the courts’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
30 reports, manuals, monographs, or reference guides published or updated.
121 programs that reached almost 23,000 participants.
1 two-part webinar series conducted for educators on historical cases in the federal courts.
35 new educational video programs produced.
21 new podcasts created.
45 new resources and virtual educational programs provided on COVID-19 pandemic-related issues.
4,468 publications and media items shipped.