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This guide covers management of cases involving federal habeas corpus review of state and federal capital convictions. It is meant to assist judges and court staff by providing a summary of relevant law and case-management procedures used by the federal courts in these cases. Although information in the guide is generally current to the revision date that follows the title, some portions may become dated as case law develops and new approaches emerge to managing federal death penalty cases.

This is the second part of a two-volume resource guide for managing capital cases in the federal courts. For the first volume, see Resource Guide for Managing Capital Cases, Volume I: Federal Death Penalty Trials.

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Cases related to terrorism often pose unusual and challenging case-management issues for the courts. Evidence or arguments may be classified; witnesses or the jury may require special security measures; attorneys' contacts with their clients may be diminished; other challenges may present themselves.

The purpose of this Federal Judicial Center resource is to document methods federal judges have employed to meet these challenges so that judges facing the challenges can learn from their colleagues' experiences. The information presented is based on a review of case files and news media accounts and on interviews with the judges.

Superseded by National Security Case Studies: Special Case-Management Challenges (2011).

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(update of the 2007 version to incorporate the December 2007 bankruptcy rules amendments)

Building on the 1992 first edition, this guide pools the knowledge of bankruptcy judges and clerks of court experienced in handling mega-cases in a written resource for others. It describes the general time line of a mega-case, issues that are likely to arise, and how other judges have approached those issues. The revised guide reflects management strategies currently set by statute, case law, local rules and general orders, and employed by individual judges. It expands coverage of topics that have gained prominence since the guide was first published. Exhibits discussed in the guide including sample procedures and guidelines, orders, and other materials are available for download.

Note: the Exhibits are only available online and are not included in the printed guide.

(update of the 2007 version to incorporate the December 2007 bankruptcy rules amendments)

Building on the 1992 first edition, this guide pools the knowledge of bankruptcy judges and clerks of court experienced in handling mega-cases in a written resources for others. It describes the general time line of a mega-case, issues that are likely to arise, and how other judges have approached those issues. The revised guide reflects management strategies currently set by statute, case law, local rules and general orders, and employed by individual judges. It expands coverage of topics that have gained prominence since the guide was first published. Exhibits discussed in the guide including sample procedures and guidelines, orders, and other materials are available for download.

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A comprehensive, user-friendly, and practical judicial guide for managing patent cases. Although similar in many respects to other forms of complex civil litigation, patent cases pose distinctive case management challenges, including complex and dynamic technological facts to a degree rarely encountered in most other areas of litigation, and unique procedures (such as claim construction hearings) that affect and interact with other aspects of the case (such as summary judgment motions and expert reports). In addition, patent cases often entail distinctive and difficult discovery issues, extensive use of experts, and particularly complex dispositive and pretrial motion practice. The authors surveyed federal judges and describe their approaches and best practices for these and other aspects of patent case management.

Superseded by Patent Case Management Judicial Guide, Second Edition (2012).

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This handbook provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts.

For the original English language publication, see Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Second Edition (2007).

This publication was translated to Russian and published by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Federal Judicial Center cannot vouch for the accuracy of the translation.

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This handbook provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts.

Superseded by Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Third Edition (2017).

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In 1999, at the direction of the Judicial Officers Resources Working Group appointed by the Chief Justice, the Center conducted studies of the use of visiting judges in the district courts. Interviews showed that many borrowing courts have created successful visiting judge procedures that minimize administrative burdens and maximize benefits to the court and to the visitors. By incorporating the collective wisdom of judges and clerks from borrowing courts and judges who have visited, the Center developed this guide to help courts create visiting judge programs that meet their specific needs and to provide practical suggestions to judges who wish to visit. Initially published in 2001, this guide has been updated to reflect Judicial Conference policies on visiting judges as of 2006. This 2006 update was not published in hard copy. Subsequent updates have been published by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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This sourcebook is a reference guide on mediation and settlement conference programs in the thirteen federal courts of appeals. The Federal Judicial Center published the first edition of this sourcebook in 1997. The changing structure of these programs, and expressed interest from the courts of appeals, made this update necessary.

Each of the programs encourages or requires counsel for the parties to discuss settlement, including settlement discussions in the form of mediation. The circuit-by-circuit descriptions in the second edition indicate the case types eligible for the program and the procedures followed to schedule and conduct mediation sessions in each of the thirteen courts.

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Designed as resource for judges to guide them through the complexities of managing mass tort bankruptcy reorganizations, this publication draws lessons from difficult-to-find sources and presents them in a form that is part judicial manual, part treatise, and part case study. Knowledgeable judges and practitioners contributed experiences and ideas. This work will also aid policy makers and academics in their quest for improved methods and procedures for resolving issues related to the large number of personal injury claims in such litigation.

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