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January 1, 2000

An ongoing compilation of information that federal district judges have found useful for immediate bench or chambers reference. The Benchbook contains sections on such topics as assignment of counsel, taking guilty pleas, model sentencing forms, standard voir dire questions, and oaths. It is prepared under the guidance of experienced district judges and is produced in loose-leaf format for easy supplementation.

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January 1, 1999
David K. Hendrickson

This guide describes an interviewing process that is simple, effective, and fair and gives examples of questions to help determine whether job candidates have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the position. The guide may be helpful to judges as they select law clerks, and to chief judges and other judges who are in the process of selecting unit executives.

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January 1, 1997
G. Thomas Munsterman, James G. Apple, Paula Hannaford-Agor

This manual seeks to promote cooperation between state and federal courts and provides many practical ways of doing so. It contains examples of practical steps state and federal judges and courts can take to save resources through sharing or other means, to avoid scheduling or other conflicts that adversely affect court operations and the bar, and plan programs and other services that benefit both judiciaries. This manual also includes sample forms that provide the means to these ends.

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July 1, 1996

An ongoing compilation of information that federal district judges have found useful for immediate bench or chambers reference. The Benchbook contains sections on such topics as assignment of counsel, taking guilty pleas, model sentencing forms, standard voir dire questions, and oaths. It is prepared under the guidance of experienced district judges and is produced in loose-leaf format for easy supplementation.

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January 1, 1996
Donna J. Stienstra, Elizabeth Plapinger

Based on a survey of the federal district courts and an analysis of their rules, this sourcebook describes in detail how each court's ADR and settlement procedures functioned at the time of the survey. It also provides information for judges who design and refer cases to dispute resolution programs, for lawyers and litigants who face increasingly complex dispute resolution choices and obligations, and for policy makers and researchers who evaluate current programs and make recommendations for the future.

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January 1, 1995

The successor to the Manual for Complex Litigation, Second, this work describes procedures that trial judges have found to be successful in managing complex cases. It also analyzes practices that have caused difficulties. It includes a number of forms that have been used by U.S. district judges.

Superseded by Manual for Complex Litigation, Fourth (2004).

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January 1, 1994
William W Schwarzer, Joe S. Cecil, Thomas E. Willging, Marie Leary, D. Dean P. Miletich, Judith A. McKenna, Bernard D. Goldstein, Leon Gordis, Margaret A. Berger, Mary Sue Henifin, Michael D. Green, Paul F. Rothstein, Shari Seidman Diamond, Victoria A. Lazear

A reference to assist judges in managing expert evidence in cases involving issues of science or technology.

Other editions:

Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition (2011)

Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Second Edition (2000) 

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January 1, 1994

A handbook that provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts. It deals with the following tasks and areas of concern for judges' law clerks and secretaries: conduct, ethics, and protocol; basic analysis of litigation; court governance and administration; chambers and case management; relations with other court and justice system personnel; and legal research and writing.

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January 1, 1992

Prepared in response to a mandate of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990, the manual offers judges an arsenal of management techniques for every phase of civil litigation. It includes forty-three sample forms experienced judges have found useful in their courts as well as an overview of case-management theory and practice. 

Cite as: Litigation Management Manual (Federal Judicial Center 1992). 

January 1, 1989
Jody E. George, Deirdre Golash, Russell R. Wheeler

A manual that explains the basic concepts of administering federal juries. It describes statutory requirements, Judicial Conference policies, and various procedures used in the district courts. Although the handbook is intended primarily for jury staff, district judges who are assigned to serve as jury judges may find it informative.

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