April 12, 2021

Judicial Security Resources

ABA Documents

  • ABA Policy (February 2021) urges Congress to enact the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act of 2020 or similar legislation to prohibit the disclosure of personally identifiable information of active, senior, recalled, or retired federal judges and their immediate family who share their residence, including home addresses and other personal contact or identifying information.
  • ABA Policy (August 2005) among other things, urges Congress and the Department of Justice to consider whether existing federal laws are adequate to protect the safety of all persons involved in the federal judicial process; urges internet vendors and governmental entities to voluntarily remove judges’ personally identifiable information from databases; and urges Congress to fully fund judicial and court security programs. 
  • ABA Day 2021 One-Pager
  • Sample Letter for ABA Day 2021 advocates to personalize and send to their Members. This letter is available on our ABA Day digital platform, accessible here, which makes it easy to personalize and send directly to your congressional delegation.
  • October 27, 2020 letter from ABA president Patricia Refo to House and Senate leaders on the need to enhance security protections for the Federal Judiciary. (Identical letter sent to house leadership can be found here.)

Congressional Resources

Committees that Deal with Issues Affecting Judicial Security

These are the most important congressional committees with jurisdiction over proposed changes to substantive law to better protect the security of our judges:

Legislation Introduced Last Congress That is Expected to be Modified and Reintroduced this Congress (identical bills):

  • S. 4711, 116th Congress: the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act of 2020, introduced by Menendez (D-NJ), Booker (D-NJ), Feinstein (D-CA), and Graham (R-SC). Additional cosponsors included Schumer (D-NY), Durbin (D IL), and Kennedy (R- LA)
  • H.R. 8591, 116th Congress, the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act of 2020, introduced by Sherrill (D-NJ). Click here for a list of cosponsors.
  • Section-by-Section Analysis of legislation, as introduced last Congress
  • S. 4711, Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute intended to be proposed by Senator Menendez, November 2020. This version of the bill was keyed up to be voted on by the Senate, but a procedural hurdle prevented it from being scheduled for a floor vote during the waning days of the 116th Congress. This bill is likely the basis for reintroduction of similar legislation this Congress. The provisions authorizing funding for home detection system upgrades are expected to be deleted since Congress already authorized funding, and the redress and penalties section are likely to be modified.

UNITED STATES MARSHALS SERVICE, FY 2019 ANNUAL REPORT. Since its establishment in 1789, a primary function of the USMS is the protection and security of the federal judicial process. Marshals have primary responsibility for protecting the personal safety of judges outside of the courthouse and monitoring threats. Refer to pages 24-25 for more specific information.

Judicial Conference of the United States

While we are limiting our advocacy during ABA Day to requesting passage of legislation to protect the publication and transmission over the internet of judges’ personally identifiable information, the Judicial Conference also has asked for supplemental funding to protect our courthouses. Funding was appropriated at last Congress to update home security systems for judges. The ABA supported all 2020 supplemental funding requests. These two resources will provide the information you need should you be asked about funding.

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Prepared by:

Denise Cardman, Deputy Director
Governmental Affairs Office
American Bar Association

Last Updated:  April 8, 2021