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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Manual on Recurring Problems in Criminal Trials, Fifth Edition [Superseded]

The fifth edition of the late Judge Voorhees's guide to the law governing many of the procedural matters that arise in criminal trials. The material, which was originally prepared for Center seminars for newly appointed district judges, has been updated to include cases decided during the Supreme Court's 2000-2001 Term and U.S. Court of Appeals cases reported through 212 F.3d 306.

January 1, 2001
Civil Litigation Management Manual [Superseded]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
Guide to Judicial Management of Cases in ADR

This publication offers guidance to federal trial and bankruptcy courts on when and how to refer appropriate cases to ADR and how to manage cases referred to ADR. FJC research found that although much has been written about basic ADR concepts, little comprehensive, easily accessible advice on ADR referrals had been written from the court's perspective.

January 1, 2001
Resource Guide for Managing Capital Cases, Volume I: Federal Death Penalty Trials [Superseded]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
Template for Chief Circuit Judges’ Deskbooks

In response to requests from chief judges and as a follow-up to a 2000 conference for appellate judges, the Center developed this common template that each circuit could use to develop its own deskbook for chief judges. It provides a comprehensive list of activities that chief judges and others undertake pursuant to statute, to Judicial Conference policies, or simply because of the imperatives of administering a circuit.

January 1, 2001
Recusal: Analysis of Case Law Under 28 U.S.C. 455 & 144 [Superseded]

This monograph offers a synthesis and analysis of the case law under 28 U.S.C. 455 and 144 to assist judges in ruling on recusal. After providing a history of Section 455, the monograph identifies the core principles and recurring issues in the voluminous case law and examines, in representative cases, how the courts of appeals have applied these principles.

January 1, 2002
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
Redistricting Litigation: An Overview of Legal, Statistical, and Case-Management Issues

This monograph consists of an overview of the law of redistricting, a summary of statistical techniques frequently used in redistricting litigation, and a discussion of some of the major case management challenges presented by such cases. The legal overview focuses on Voting Rights Act, Equal Protection Clause, and one person-one vote cases.

March 14, 2002
Federal Securities Law, Second Edition [Superseded]

An introduction to the intricacies of federal securities law. The author examines the statutory framework for the issues that federal judges are most likely to encounter in securities litigation: basic registration, disclosure, and antifraud. The monograph also covers class actions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998.

January 1, 2003
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

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