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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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Manual for Cooperation Between State and Federal Courts

This manual seeks to promote cooperation between state and federal courts and provides many practical ways of doing so. It contains examples of practical steps state and federal judges and courts can take to save resources through sharing or other means, to avoid scheduling or other conflicts that adversely affect court operations and the bar, and plan programs and other services that benefit both judiciaries. This manual also includes sample forms that provide the means to these ends.

January 1, 1997
Section 1983 Litigation [Superseded]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
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
Case Management Procedures in the Federal Courts of Appeals [Superseded]

This report details the varying appellate practices and procedures of the U.S. courts of appeals within the generally uniform appellate scheme imposed by the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. Part I of the report highlights key variations from court to court; Part II describes in detail the case management procedures of each court.

January 1, 2000
Title page, Table of contents, and Preface [Superseded] January 1, 2000
Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Second Edition [Superseded]

A reference to assist judges in managing expert evidence in cases involving issues of science or technology.

Other editions:

Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition (2011)

Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, First Edition [Superseded] (1994)

January 1, 2000
Benchbook for U.S. District Court Judges, Fourth Edition (revised March 2000) [Superseded]

An ongoing compilation of information that federal district judges have found useful for immediate bench or chambers reference. The Benchbook contains sections on such topics as assignment of counsel, taking guilty pleas, model sentencing forms, standard voir dire questions, and oaths. It is prepared under the guidance of experienced district judges and is produced in loose-leaf format for easy supplementation.

January 1, 2000
Управлением гражданским судопроизводством | Civil Litigation Management Manual

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
International Insolvency [Superseded]

This monograph describes the law governing insolvency cases with transnational dimensions. It was written by four bankruptcy judges: Samuel Bufford, Louise DeCarl Adler, Sidney Brooks, and Marcia Krieger, who are all members of the International Law Relations Committee of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

January 1, 2001
Effective Use of Courtroom Technology: A Judge's Guide to Pretrial and Trial
Note: Distribution of this publication (hard copy) is restricted per National Institute for Trial Advocacy; permission has been granted for judiciary distribution only. Copies are available to the general public from National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
January 1, 2001