Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. issued his “2012 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary,” focusing on efforts by the federal courts to contain costs. The report outlines the cost-containment strategies initiated by the federal judiciary, including rent reduction, salary containment and information technology initiatives. Civil case filings in the U.S. District Courts fell four percent and filings for criminal defendants dropped nine percent. In the District of Kansas, however, civil case filings were up 8.2% while criminal case filings were up 8.6%. The number of criminal defendants was up 21% over 2011. To see the full report, visit this link at the U.S. Supreme Court website.