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National Security Case Management: An Annotated Guide

Robert Timothy Reagan
January 1, 2011

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.

This annotated guide summarizes case-management principles that judges have found useful in national security cases. Part I concerns the handling of classified information. Part II concerns other matters. The main text of the guide summarizes lessons learned from a study of illustrative national security cases, more completely described in a companion publication, National Security Case Studies: Special Case-Management Challenges. Annotations drawn from the case studies supplement the main text with specific examples.