Court Security Improvement Act of 2007: H.R. 660/S. 378 in Brief

Publication Date: February 2007

Publisher: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service


Research Area: Justice



The Chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees have introduced the Court Security Improvement Act of 2007, H.R. 660/S. 378 in a form that mirrors legislation that passed the Senate at the close of the 109th Congress. The bill consists of four components: adjustments to applicable provisions of criminal law, reenforcement of the authority and oversight features of the law governing federal judicial security, grant programs to facilitate increased security for the judiciary of the states, and miscellaneous provisions whose relation to judicial security might initially appear remote. This is a brief discussion of the legal background of each component. This is an abridged version of CRS Report RL33884, Court Security Improvement Act of 2007: A Legal Analysis of H.R. 660/S. 378, by Charles Doyle, without the footnotes and citations to authority found in the longer report.