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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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Form 2: Order for Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting and Rule 16(b) Scheduling Conference Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 16, Fed. R. Civil P. 26
Report on Legal Research Practices in Three Federal Courts and Possible Computer Applications To Those Practices

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Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure February 15, 1974
Case Management and Court Management in United States District Courts

An oft-cited analysis of the differences between court management procedures resulting in fast versus slow processing and those resulting in high versus low rates of disposition. This volume reports the overall results of the District Court Studies Project, a long-range effort by the Federal Judicial Center to assist the work of the United States district courts. The goal of the project is to help the courts achieve and reconcile the purpose stated in Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: "to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action." Specifically, the project has been designed to determine what procedures are associated with the highest possible speed and productivity, consistent with he highest standards of justice. Alternative procedures are examined and recommended.

Fed. R. Civil P. 1 January 1, 1977
Overview of Federal Class Actions: Past, Present, and Future

An analysis and discussion of the origins, development, and existing state of the law governing class actions.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 January 1, 1977
Attorneys' Fees in Class Actions

A circuit-by-circuit review of case law governing award of attorneys' fees in class actions and an examination of abuses in fee requests. The report also includes a discussion of judges' and attorneys' attitudes toward fee computation. Recommendations focus on procedures, implemented early in litigation, designed to avoid problems when fee requests are submitted.

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 January 1, 1980
Due Process at Sentencing: An Empirical and Legal Analysis of the Disclosure of Presentence Reports in Federal Courts

A factual and legal review of practices in courts and probation offices concerning the preparation and disclosure of presentence reports. The authors analyze the impact of the disclosure mandated by Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 32(c)(3) on the federal sentencing process, and they make recommendations for improvements. Reprint of 93 Harvard Law Review 1613 (June 1980).

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Fed. R. Crim. P. 32 June 1, 1980
Federal Rulemaking: Problems and Possibilities

An examination of the federal rulemaking process, with particular attention to those parts of the process that were eliciting criticism or suggestions for change. After providing a detailed description of the rulemaking process, the author offers an assessment of benefits and problems that might result from implementation of various possible changes.

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure January 1, 1981
Disqualification of Federal Judges by Peremptory Challenge

An analysis of statutory procedures proposed in the early 1980s, and which continue to arise, that would allow federal litigants to challenge, on a peremptory basis, the federal judge or magistrate judge assigned to their case. Prepared at the request of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules, the report discusses the proposals that have been offered on the federal level, analyzes the procedures then in effect in seventeen state court systems, and considers the possible administrative consequences of a federal peremptory challenge procedure.

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure January 1, 1981
Sanctions Imposable for Violations of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

A survey of the current state of the law with respect to sanctions for violations of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as reported in both the case law and the secondary literature. The report examines sanctions under Rules 47, 41(b), 55, 36, 11, and 16; several local rules; and rules permitting sanctions against attorneys rather than clients. The authors conclude that there is considerable laxity in the imposition of sanctions for violation of the rules, and they suggest several amendments to the rules.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 11, Fed. R. Civil P. 16, Fed. R. Civil P. 37 January 1, 1981
District Court Implementation of Amended Federal Civil Rule 16: A Report on New Local Rules

An examination of the local rules federal district courts have developed in response to the 1983 amendment to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16, which calls for increased use of scheduling orders in managing caseloads. An appendix contains sample local rules from fifteen districts.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 16 January 1, 1984

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