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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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Initial Report on Summary Judgment Practice Across Districts with Variations in Local Rules

The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules asked the Federal Judicial Center to examine summary judgment practice across federal district courts as a means of assessing the potential impact of the proposed amendments to Rule 56. This initial report examined summary judgment practice in the 276,120 civil cases terminated in the federal district courts in Fiscal Year 2006.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 56 November 2, 2007
Interim Progress Report on Class Action Fairness Act Study

This interim progress report on the impact of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 was presented to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules on May 22, 2006. The report examines class action filing trends from July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2005 in three federal district courts and includes data on the first four months after CAFA went into effect. Future reports will present the results of statistical tests of the impact of CAFA on federal courts across the country.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 May 22, 2006
Issues re Proposed Amendments to FRE 706

Letter to Professor Daniel J. Capra, Reporter, Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence.

Federal Rules of Evidence, Fed. R. Evid. 706 January 27, 1997
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
Letter from FISA Court Presiding Judge Walton to Senate Judiciary Committee Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure July 29, 2013
Likely Consequences of Amendments to Rule 68, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

A report that uses trial attorneys' responses to a Center survey concerning 800 federal civil cases in assessing proposed amendments to Fed. R. Civ. P. 68 to make it more effective in encouraging settlement and reducing litigation. The results indicate that a more effective Rule 68 would be well received by most attorneys and would likely influence litigation in about 50% of civil cases, resulting in more and earlier settlements at reduced expense and with limited effects for litigants of modest means.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 68 January 1, 1995
Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges [superseded]

This guide is designed to help federal judges manage the increased number of class actions expected as a result of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. As called for in that legislation, the guide is part of a continuing effort of the federal judiciary to identify "best practices" for managing class actions and ensuring that class action settlements primarily benefit class members.

Superseded by Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Second Edition (2009).

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 January 1, 2005
Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Second Edition [Superseded]

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). This second edition includes a new section on determining federal jurisdiction that incorporates case-management practices and judicial interpretations of CAFA. This edition also includes suggestions for judicial review and administration of class settlements, especially regarding the disclosure of claims rates and actual payments to class members.

Superseded by Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Third Edition (2010).

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 January 1, 2009
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
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

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