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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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The Elements of Case Management, Third Edition

This manual describes techniques that judges have found effective in managing their cases at various stages of the litigation process.

June 19, 2017
The Elements of Case Management: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Second Edition [Superseded]

A primer for judges on techniques and methods of case management.

Superseded by The Elements of Case Management, Third Edition (2017).

January 1, 2006
The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: A Guide for Judges [Superseded]

This guide provides an overview of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 (FSIA). It discusses the FSIA’s purpose and scope of application, and it reviews the jurisdictional, procedural, and evidentiary questions most likely to arise at the outset of litigation.

January 1, 2013
The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: A Guide for Judges, Second Edition

This guide provides an overview of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976. It is intended as a practical introduction for those who have little knowledge of or experience with the statute. The guide focuses on the basic legal issues U.S. courts face when handling cases that arise under the statute.

December 31, 2018
The Help America Vote Act

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) was Congress's reaction to issues that arose during the 2000 presidential election. It includes standards for provisional ballots and sets minimum standards for voting equipment used in federal elections. This guide summarizes how HAVA has been applied in federal and state courts and includes the act's text as an appendix.

December 4, 2012
The Use of Visiting Judges in the Federal District Courts: A Guide for Judges and Court Personnel [Superseded]

In 1999, at the direction of the Judicial Officers Resources Working Group appointed by the Chief Justice, the Center conducted studies of the use of visiting judges in the district courts. Interviews showed that many borrowing courts have created successful visiting judge procedures that minimize administrative burdens and maximize benefits to the court and to the visitors.

October 18, 2006
Third-Party Litigation Finance

This guide summarizes issues related to third-party financing of civil litigation. It discusses how judges might manage cases involving litigation financing, including ethical issues, legal issues raised by financing agreements, and discovery issues related to such agreements. 

For more information on third-party litigation financing, visit the Third Party Litigation Financing Special Topics Page.

December 29, 2017
Title page, Table of contents, and Preface [Superseded] January 1, 2000
Trade Secret Seizure Best Practices Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), Pub. L. No. 114-153, became law on May 11, 2016. It amends 18 U.S.C.

June 28, 2017
Tutorials on Science and Technology

Science tutorials have developed as a tool to assist judges in managing cases that involve complex science and technology. Such tutorials provide an early opportunity for the court to learn and ask questions about relevant science and technology outside the context of motion practice.

June 1, 2018