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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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Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition

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.

January 1, 2011
Remote Participation in Bankruptcy Court Proceedings

This guide on the use of distance participation (DP) technology to conduct bankruptcy hear­ings and trials provides an overview of general considerations, ranging from philo­sophical to practical, and then examines separately the use of the teleconferencing and videoconferencing. Each district, and indeed each judge, must decide whether to use DP technology, and if so, how to use it.

November 15, 2017
Resource Guide for Managing Capital Cases, Volume I: Federal Death Penalty Trials

This guide describes the statutes, case law, and policies applicable to federal death penalty case-management issues such as appointment of counsel, case budgeting, and jury selection, and summarizes procedures judges have used in capital cases at each stage of the proceedings.

April 1, 2004
Resource Guide for Managing Capital Cases, Volume I: Federal Death Penalty Trials (updated December 2002) [Superseded]

This monograph, revised as of December 16, 2002, describes the statutes, case law, and policies applicable to federal capital case-management issues such as appointment of counsel, case budgeting, and jury selection, and summarizes procedures judges have used in capital cases at each stage of the proceedings.

January 1, 2002
Resource Guide for Managing Capital Cases, Volume I: Federal Death Penalty Trials (updated December 2003) [Superseded]

This monograph, revised as of December 2003, describes the statutes, case law, and policies applicable to federal capital case-management issues such as appointment of counsel, case budgeting, and jury selection, and summarizes procedures judges have used in capital cases at each stage of the proceedings.

December 1, 2003
Resource Guide for Managing Capital Cases, Volume I: Federal Death Penalty Trials [Superseded]

This monograph describes the statutes, case law, and policies applicable to federal capital case-management issues such as appointment of counsel, case budgeting, and jury selection, and summarizes procedures judges have used in capital cases at each stage of the proceedings.

January 1, 2001
Resource Guide for Managing Capital Cases, Volume II: Habeas Corpus Review of Capital Convictions

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

January 1, 2010
Sealing Court Records and Proceedings: A Pocket Guide

Court case records and proceedings are presumptively public, but occasionally there are compelling reasons for keeping all or parts of them confidential, sometimes permanently but often only temporarily. This pocket guide summarizes the case law on sealing records and proceedings and presents a useful procedural checklist of seven principles to follow when denying public access.

December 15, 2010
Section 1983 Litigation [Superseded]

A summary of the legal principles governing litigation under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, the statute for redressing constitutional and federal statutory violations. This monograph includes pertinent cases from the 1997-1998 Supreme Court term.

January 1, 1998
Section 1983 Litigation, Second Edition [Superseded]

Section 1983 Litigation, Section Edition analyzes the fundamental issues that arise in litigation under 42 U.S.C. - 1983, and the case law interpreting those issues. This edition contains new sections on jury instructions and the Rooker-Feldman Doctrine, new material on retaliatory prosecutions, and expanded coverage on jurisdiction. Research for this edition concluded with the October 2007 Supreme Court term and covers courts of appeals decisions reported through June 30, 2008.

January 1, 2008

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