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Materials About the Federal Rules
The materials listed below, produced or made available by the Center, are related to the Federal Rules of Procedure (civil, criminal, evidence, appellate, and bankruptcy).
For a list of projects or other reports of FJC research that the Center has published, click on Research Projects or Reports and Studies.Displaying 11 - 20 of 205
Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure: Evidence 2017—Self-Authenticating Electronic Evidence
Federal Rules of Evidence 902(13) and 902(14), which became effective on December 1, 2017, provide for the self-authentication of electronic evidence. Under these rules, electronic evidence can be authenticated by certification instead of by testimony. Rule 902(13) applies to electronic evidence such as computer files, social media posts, and smart device data. Rule 902(14) applies to electronic copies.
|Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, Fed. R. Evid. 902||December 1, 2017|
Remote Participation in Bankruptcy Court Proceedings
This guide on the use of distance participation (DP) technology to conduct bankruptcy hearings and trials provides an overview of general considerations, ranging from philosophical to practical, and then examines separately the use of the teleconferencing and videoconferencing. Each district, and indeed each judge, must decide whether to use DP technology, and if so, how to use it. The goals of this guide are to aid in making those decisions, and to encourage the use of DP technology so as to promote access to the courts, make the best use of existing judicial resources, and contain costs while maintaining the quality of court proceedings and compliance with the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and other legal authority. Its suggestions are based on the varied experiences of bankruptcy judges and clerks of court around the country.
This guide was prepared at the request of the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System. The guide builds on a 2005 FJC Roundtable and Report and reflects technological advances and the courts’ increased experience with DP technology.
PDFs of the guide and appendices are below. Appendix B: Sample Case-Management Orders is a separate webpage.
|Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence||November 15, 2017|
Chapter 9 Online Resource Repository
This repository of materials was developed as a companion to the manual, Navigating Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code, to provide courts with examples of case documents and other resource materials related to issues likely to arise in Chapter 9 cases. Documents are included from cases filed by variety of debtors: cities, townships, and counties; medical-related entities, such as county hospitals and authorities; and political subdivisions, such as sanitary and improvement districts, water districts, and off-track betting authorities.
The materials have been placed into the following categories. Some documents relating to multiple categories have been placed in the most relevant categories and cross-references are made between the categories. Some significant documents have been put into more than one category.
We welcome suggestions about other materials that may be helpful to courts for inclusion in the Chapter 9 repository. Please send your ideas and materials to Beth Wiggins at email@example.com.
|Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2004, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9019||November 7, 2017|
Chapter 9 Online Repository: Rule 2004 Examinations and Discovery
This page includes documents related to the use of discovery and the Rule 2004 examination and production process. A Chapter 9 debtor is obligated to provide only limited financial and operational information with its petition. Because of a Chapter 9 debtor’s limited disclosure obligations, creditors may request additional information through discovery or Rule 2004 examination process.
Rule 2004 Examinations and Discovery is one of several Chapter 9 Online Repository categories.
|Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2004||October 24, 2017|
Chapter 9 Online Repository: Rule 9019 Applicability to Settlement Agreements
This page includes a motion, objections thereto, related briefs, and an order/opinion regarding the applicability of Bankruptcy Rule 9019 to settlements in the Chapter 9 case. Rule 9019 provides, “[o]n motion by the trustee and after notice and a hearing, the court may approve a compromise or settlement.” This court determined that a Chapter 9 debtor does not need to seek approval of settlements reached during the Chapter 9 case.
Rule 9019 Applicability to Settlement Agreements is one of several Chapter 9 Online Repository categories.
|Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9019||October 24, 2017|
Chapter 9 Online Repository: State Law, Local Rules, and Court Procedures
This page includes local rules and court procedures related to Chapter 9 bankruptcy, as well as information about related state law, including law regarding eligibility to file Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
State Law, Local Rules, and Court Procedures is one of several Chapter 9 Online Repository categories.
|Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure||October 23, 2017|
Chapter 9 Online Repository: Appointment of Experts, Consultants, and Fee Examiners
This page includes documents related to the court’s appointment of an expert under Federal Rule of Evidence 706(a), of a non-testifying consultant, and of a fee examiner.
Appointment of Experts, Consultants, and Fee Examiners is one of several Chapter 9 Online Repository categories.
|Fed. R. Evid. 706||October 23, 2017|
Managing Discovery of Electronic Information, Third Edition
This third edition of the pocket guide on managing the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) covers the December 1, 2015, amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reflects the rise of new sources of ESI, particularly social media, and updates judges on how ESI may be searched. It also suggests case-management techniques that judges might use in smaller civil actions in which the costs of ESI discovery could hamper resolution on the merits.
|Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 26, Fed. R. Civil P. 45||September 20, 2017|
Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project Users' Manual for the Northern District of Illinois
A detailed description of the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project, which begins for participating judges in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, on June 1, 2017.
A Federal Judicial Center website displays additional information about the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project in the Northern District of Illinois.
|Federal Rules of Civil Procedure||July 4, 2017|
The Elements of Case Management, Third Edition
This manual describes techniques that judges have found effective in managing their cases at various stages of the litigation process.
|Federal Rules of Civil Procedure||June 19, 2017|