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April 1, 2016
Margaret S. Williams, Rebecca N. Eyre, Joe S. Cecil

The Patent Pilot Program (PPP), a ten-year pilot program addressing the assignment of patent cases in certain U.S. district courts, was established on January 4, 2011, by Pub. L. No. 111-349. At the request of the Judicial Conference’s Committee on Court Administration and Case Management, the Federal Judicial Center has been studying the PPP since the program's inception.

September 9, 2014
Robert Timothy Reagan, Margaret S. Williams, Marie Leary, Catherine R. Borden, Jessica L. Snowden, Patricia D. Breen, Jason A. Cantone

Citizens for Clean Government v. San Diego (Napoleon A. Jones, Jr., S.D. Cal. 3:03-cv-1215)
A June 20, 2013, federal complaint challenged contribution limits for a city council recall effort. In an interlocutory appeal, the court of appeals affirmed the denial of immediate relief. The recall effort did not qualify for the ballot, and the incumbent was reelected. On appeal from the final judgment, the court of appeals ruled in 2007 that the district court had not required sufficient justification for the contribution limits.

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January 1, 2008
Carol L. Krafka, Donna J. Stienstra, Patricia A. Lombard, Rebecca N. Eyre

At the request of the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management, the Federal Judicial Center conducted a study of the use of courtrooms in the U.S. district courts. The committee requested the study in response to a November 2005 congressional subcommittee request for an empirical study of the use of federal courtrooms. The study was conducted between early 2006 and spring 2008, with data collected in twenty-six district courts during the period January 15 - July 15, 2007.

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May 7, 2003
David E. Rauma

Prepared for the Court Administration and Case Management Committee of the Judicial Conference, this study shows there may be more advantages to remote public access to electronic criminal case documents than disadvantages or potential harm and that the majority of federal judges in the study favor access.

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March 26, 1999
Laural L. Hooper, Jennifer Evans, Robert Nida

Report to the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules regarding the proposal to amend Rule 12.2. Procedures governing court-ordered mental examinations are presented as they have been implemented in a sample of districts with extensive death penalty experience.

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May 15, 1997
Civil Justice Advisory Group for the Southern District of California, Roberta Westdal, Michael J. Koziel

Clerk of the Court Roberta Westdal transmits the 1996 Periodic Assessment for the Southern District of California to Frederick Russillo of the Administrative Office

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March 1, 1997
Michael J. Koziel, Civil Justice Advisory Group for the Southern District of California

A draft of the 1996 Periodic Assessment for the Southern District of California

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