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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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Courtran Management Information System: Judge/Attorney File User's Manual

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January 1, 1976
Courtran Management Information System: Terminal/Telecommunications User's Manual

This manual describes procedures for court employees to call, log in and log out of the Federal Judicial Center computers to access COURTRAN. Instructions for use of COURTRAN are contained in separate manuals.

January 1, 1976
Criminal e-Discovery: A Pocket Guide for Judges

This pocket guide was developed to help judges manage complex e-discovery in federal criminal cases. The advantages of electronically stored information (ESI, or e-discovery) include speed, efficiency, and quality of information. To ensure these benefits are realized, judges and lawyers working on federal criminal cases need guidance on how best to address e-discovery issues.

November 25, 2015
Debates on the Federal Judiciary: A Documentary History, Volume I: 1787–1875
The first volume of the Documentary History of Debates on the Federal Judiciary traces the long process of defining the judiciary within the relatively brief outline provided by the Constitution.
January 1, 2013
Debates on the Federal Judiciary: A Documentary History, Volume II: 1875–1939
This volume of the documentary history collection introduces readers to public debates on proposals to alter the organization, jurisdiction, and administration of the federal courts, as well as the tenure and authority of federal judges, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The documents illustrate the contending views of lawyers, judges, legislators, legal scholars, and ordinary citizens on the judiciary’s role in American constitutional government.
January 1, 2013
Debates on the Federal Judiciary: A Documentary History, Volume III: 1939–2005

The concluding volume of the series covers debates concerning structural changes to the federal courts, including the creation of the U.S. magistrate and U.S. bankruptcy judge positions, and alterations to the federal appellate system, including the division of the Fifth Circuit, the creation of the Federal Circuit, and proposals for a national court of appeals.

January 5, 2018
Deskbook for Chief Judges of U.S. District Courts, Fourth Edition

A detailed reference for chief judges of federal district courts. The Deskbook describes the position of chief judges within the system of federal judicial administration as well as their specific roles and responsibilities with respect to national and regional bodies of judicial administration; other judges, officers, and employees of the district court; various functions of the court; case management; and external groups such as the bar, media, and public.

January 1, 2014
Deskbook for Chief Judges of U.S. District Courts, Third Edition [Superseded]

A detailed reference for chief judges of federal district courts. The Deskbook describes the position of chief judges within the system of federal judicial administration as well as their specific roles and responsibilities with respect to national and regional bodies of judicial administration; other judges, officers, and employees of the district court; various functions of the court; and external groups such as the bar, media, and public.

January 1, 2003
Discovery in International Civil Litigation: A Guide for Judges

At an increasing rate, U.S. courts are hearing cases in which parties seek evidence located abroad or parties to a foreign or international proceeding seek evidence located in the United States. International discovery issues pose difficult and complex challenges, at both the procedural and substantive levels. This guide seeks to address these issues by providing a practical overview of cross-border discovery questions that commonly arise in civil cases before federal courts.

December 2, 2015
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

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