Summary: S.951 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (10/05/1988)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

Federal Courts Study Act - Establishes the Federal Courts Study Commission on the future of the Federal Judiciary.

Describes the purposes, membership, and powers of the Commission.

Directs the Commission to: (1) conduct a study of the jurisdiction of both Federal and State courts; (2) report study results to the President, the Chief Justice of the United States, the Judicial Conference of the United States, the Conference of Chief Justices, the State Justice Institute, and the Congress within two years after the effective date of this Act; (3) recommend revisions to the Constitution and laws of the United States; (4) collect and review studies on the effectiveness of the courts; (5) develop a long-range plan for the judicial system; and (6) beginning after the completion of the jurisdiction study, submit annual reports to the above-named parties on the condition of the judiciary.

Requires the Commission to submit a final report within five years after the effective date of this Act.

Terminates the Commission 90 days following submission of its final report.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 1988 through 1992.