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Manuals, Monographs & Guides

As part of its educational mission, the Center produces monographs on substantive legal subjects and a variety of manuals and guides for judges and court staff. Topics covered include discrete areas of law, courtroom and case-management procedures, the Federal Rules, and different types of litigation. These publications are authored by Center staff and outside subject-matter experts. See also Reports & Studies.

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Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties and Letters Rogatory: Obtaining Evidence and Assistance from Foreign Jurisdictions

This guide provides an overview of the statutory schemes and procedural matters that distinguish mutual legal assistance treaties and letters rogatory. It also discusses legal issues that arise when the prosecution, the defense, or a civil litigant seek to obtain evidence from abroad as part of a criminal or civil proceeding.

April 25, 2024
Emergency Election Litigation in Federal Courts: From Bush v. Gore to Covid-19

This collection of case studies illustrates how federal judges managed the time pressures of emergency election litigation in the years 2000 through 2020. The case studies are based on reviews of the court records and interviews with more than one hundred judges. The 513 case studies cover 717 emergency cases and an additional 151 related cases.

December 4, 2023
The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: A Guide for Judges, Third Edition

This guide is designed to assist federal and state judges in dealing with proceedings for the return of children under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Cases arising under the 1980 Convention present challenges to trial and appellate courts owing to unique legal concepts and the time-sensitive nature of the proceedings.

August 31, 2023
A Primer on the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, Third Edition

This primer is a brief introduction to the complexity and nuance in the subject-matter jurisdiction of the U.S. courts of appeals. It examines procedural issues related to the exercise of appellate jurisdiction in appeals from final judgments and interlocutory appeals. It covers civil and criminal appeals, extraordinary writs, and federal administrative agency reviews.

August 3, 2023
Trade Secret Case Management Judicial Guide

The Trade Secret Case Management Judicial Guide provides judges with a comprehensive resource for surveying trade secret law and managing trade secret litigation. Chapters are organized according to the stages of litigation and guided by an early case management checklist.

July 13, 2023
An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence for Federal Judges

This guide addresses questions related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the judicial process by providing some technical back­ground and highlighting potential legal issues. In discussing how AI is used today and may be used in the future, the guide does not endorse that use in any particular context or application.

February 13, 2023
Proof of Foreign Law: A Guide for Judges

This guide provides an overview of foreign law issues in the federal courts, including procedural strategies, and examines the approach of state courts and non-U.S. judiciaries. 

November 3, 2022
Resolving Unsettled Questions of State Law: A Pocket Guide for Federal Judges

This pocket guide describes approaches and practical factors for federal judges to consider when applying unsettled questions of state law.

October 11, 2022
The Bail Reform Act of 1984, Fourth Edition

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October 4, 2022
National Security Case Studies: Special Case-Management Challenges, Seventh Edition

Cases involving national security 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.

August 28, 2022