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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.

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Federal Judicial Center National, Case-Based Civil Rules Survey: Preliminary Report to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules

This report presents preliminary findings from a survey of attorneys in recently closed civil cases which the Federal Judicial Center conducted in May and June 2009. Nearly half of the attorneys invited to participate responded. The report covers discovery activities and case management in the closed cases; electronic discovery activities in the closed cases; attorney evaluations of discovery in the closed cases; the costs of litigation and discovery; and attitudes toward specific reform proposals and, more generally, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure October 1, 2009
Form 22: Rule 16 Initial Order Fed. R. Civil P. 16 December 1, 2009
Form 25: Scheduling Order and Standing Order on Discovery Procedures Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 16, Fed. R. Civil P. 26, Fed. R. Civil P. 5.2 December 15, 2009
Judges' Class Action Notice and Claims Process Checklist and Plain Language Guide

The checklist provides overall guidance on notice and notice plan development and provides guidance for improving class actions claims processes. A graphical plain language notice guide explains and highlights the important features of the illustrative notices. For more on class action notices, see: Illustrative Forms of Class Action Notices.

This checklist is referenced in the Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Third Edition, p. 11 as Notice Checklist and Plain Language Guide.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 January 1, 2010
Form 14: Report of Parties' Planning Meeting Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) and L.R. 16.3(b) Fed. R. Civil P. 26 January 1, 2010
Form 10: Report of Parties' Planning Meeting (Form 35, Fed. R. Civ. P.) Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 26 January 1, 2010
Form 23: Pretrial Scheduling Order Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 16, Fed. R. Civil P. 26 January 1, 2010
Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Third Edition

This pocket guide is designed to help federal judges manage the increased number of class action cases filed in or removed to federal courts as a result of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA). It includes a section on determining federal jurisdiction that incorporates case-management practices and judicial interpretations of CAFA. It also includes suggestions for judicial review and administration of class settlements, especially regarding the disclosure of claims rates and actual payments to class members. This third edition includes an expanded treatment of the notice and claims processes. Revisions are concentrated in parts III and IV.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 January 1, 2010
Attorney Satisfaction with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure—Report to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules

This report compares selected questions from opinion surveys regarding civil litigation completed by members of the American College of Trail Lawyers, ABA Section of Litigation, and National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure March 1, 2010
Appendix E-4: Middle District of Florida — General Procedure Order Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 56 March 1, 2010

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