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March 1, 2013
Federal Judicial Center
The Benchbook is an ongoing compilation of information that federal judges have found useful for immediate bench or chambers reference in civil and criminal proceedings. It contains sections on such topics as assignment of counsel, taking guilty pleas, standard voir dire questions, sentencing, and contempt. The sixth edition, published March 2013, adds new sections on disclosure of exculpatory information under Brady v. Maryland, civil case management, and restraint of dangerous defendants (“shackling”).
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January 1, 2012
James H. A. Pooley, Matthew D. Powers, Peter S. Menell, Lynn H. Pasahow, Steven C. Carlson, Jeffrey G. Homrig, David S. Bloch, Jeremy Bock, Carolyn Chang, Samuel F. Ernst, Rebecca Charnas Grant, Leeron G. Kalay, Marc David Peters, Clem Roberts, Patricia Young, Colette R. Verkuil, Anita Choi, Kimberly N. Van Voorhis, Michael R. Ward

This is 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).

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January 1, 2011
Laural L. Hooper, D. Dean P. Miletich, Angelia N. Levy

This report details the varying appellate practices and procedures of the U.S. courts of appeals within the generally uniform appellate scheme imposed by the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. Part I of the report highlights key variations from court to court; Part II describes in detail the case management procedures of each court.

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January 1, 2011
Shawna Wilson

Federal judges play an important role in many international rule of law projects carried out by the United States government. They provide commentary on constitutional law issues, assist with the drafting of judicial ethics codes, advise foreign judges on court management, and assist judicial councils with strategic planning. This guide, prepared by Shawna Wilson, Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center 2008-2009, provides an overview of how the U.S. government funds, designs, manages, and coordinates its rule of law initiatives, and describes the maze of U.S.

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January 1, 2011
Stephen G. Breyer, Margaret A. Berger, David Goodstein, Edward J. Imwinkelried, Paul C. Giannelli, Joseph L. Peterson, David H. Kaye, George F. Sensabaugh, David A. Freedman, Daniel L. Rubinfeld, Shari Seidman Diamond, Mark A. Allen, Robert E. Hall, Victoria A. Lazear, Joseph V. Rodricks, Michael D. Green, D. Michal Freedman, Leon Gordis, Bernard D. Goldstein, Mary Sue Henifin, John B. Wong, Lawrence O. Gostin, Oscar A. Cabrera, Anthony D. Wagner, Channing R. Robertson, David L. Black, John E. Moalli, Paul S. Appelbaum

The Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition assists judges in managing cases involving complex scientific and technical evidence by describing the basic tenets of key scientific fields from which legal evidence is typically derived and by providing examples of cases in which that evidence has been used.

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January 1, 2010
Federal Judicial Center Federal Judicial History Office

This guide describes the records of the federal courts, as well as records of Congress and the executive branch, that are relevant to researching federal judicial history. Note: Minor updates may occasionally be made to this document. Please consult the electronic version for the most current information.

 

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January 1, 2010
Tucker Carrington, Kris Markarian

The Manual on Recurring Problems in Criminal Trials (6th ed.) outlines the law governing many of the specific issues and procedural matters that arise frequently in criminal trials. The Sixth Edition added new material and revised the organization and format to enhance usability. Among the topics covered are pro se representation, jury-related matters, disclosure, evidentiary issues, contempt, confessions, and multiple defendants. Circuit splits are also noted.

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January 1, 2010
Robert Timothy Reagan

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.

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January 1, 2010
Asifa Quraishi, Kristine Fox, Margaret A. Fainer

This guide covers management of cases involving federal habeas corpus review of state and federal capital convictions.

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January 1, 2010
Judicial Conference of the United States, Committee on Court Administration and Case Management

This manual provides trial judges a handbook on managing civil cases. It sets out a wide array of case-management techniques, beginning with early case screening and concluding with steps for streamlining trials and final disposition. It also discusses a number of special topics, including pro se and high visibility cases, the role of staff, and automated programs that supports case management. This new edition incorporates statutory and rules changes and contains updated advice on electronic case management, electronic discovery, and ways of containing costs and expediting cases.

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