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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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Civil Litigation Management Manual [Superseded]

This manual provides trial judges a handbook on managing civil cases. It sets out a wide array of case-management techniques, beginning with case filing and concluding with steps for streamlining trials and discusses a number of special topics, including pro se and high visibility cases, the role of staff, and automation that supports case management.

January 1, 2001
Civil Litigation Management Manual, Second Edition

This manual provides trial judges a handbook on managing civil cases. It sets out a wide array of case-management techniques, beginning with early case screening and concluding with steps for streamlining trials and final disposition. It also discusses a number of special topics, including pro se and high visibility cases, the role of staff, and automated programs that supports case management.

January 1, 2010
Compensatory Damages Issues in Patent Infringement Cases, Second Edition

This guide focuses on case-management practices that may be helpful to the courts in the adjudication of patent infringement damages. It reflects the current state of the law and the courts' evolving case-management efforts.

August 2, 2017
Compensatory Damages Issues in Patent Infringement Cases: A Pocket Guide for Federal District Court Judges [Superseded]

A guide for trial judges to consult when deciding issues of compensatory damages in patent infringement cases, prepared by a national committee of experts from the bench, bar, in-house counsel, and academia formed at the request of the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Superseded by Compensatory Damages Issues in Patent Infringement Cases, Second Edition (2017).

January 1, 2011
Conducting Job Interviews: A Guide for Federal Judges

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.

January 1, 1999
Confidential Discovery: A Pocket Guide on Protective Orders

Among the reasons that courts issue protective orders in both civil and criminal cases is to keep discovery confidential on a showing of good cause. Experience has proved confidentiality protective orders to grease the wheels of discovery in many cases. The protective orders discussed in this pocket guide are different from sealing orders that protect the courts' own records and protective orders that protect information from discovery.

July 8, 2012
Consumer Bankruptcy Law: Chapters 7 & 13

Consumer Bankruptcy Law: Chapters 7 & 13 describes the statutory framework for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code and analyzes the fundamental issues that arise in bankruptcy litigation. The monograph explains how bankruptcy cases proceed, including filing, debtor duties, automatic stay, damages, the estate, exemptions, and claims. It also examines circuit splits, as well as unsettled issues as a result of BAPCPA.

December 31, 2014
Coordinating Multijurisdiction Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges

A joint project by the National Center for State Courts, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, and the Federal Judicial Center, this pocket guide provides information on the coordination and management of related cases that are pending simultaneously in both state and federal courts.

January 1, 2013
Copyright Law [Superseded]

A concise overview of the law of copyright from its origins in the English common law through recent Supreme Court cases, designed to provide judges with a grounding in the essential concepts and statutory and case law in this specialized area. The author covers the duration and renewal of copyright, ownership of copyright, and copyright formalities, as well as jurisdictional and procedural issues and the preemption of state law by federal copyright statutes.

January 1, 1991
Copyright Law, Second Edition [Superseded]

This monograph provides a concise overview of the law of copyright from its origins in the English common law through recent Supreme Court cases, designed to provide judges with a grounding in the essential concepts and statutory and case law in this specialized area. The monograph covers the duration and renewal of copyright, ownership of copyright, copyright formalities, as well as jurisdictional and procedural issues and the preemption of state law by federal copyright statutes.

January 1, 2006

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