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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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Neutral Science Panels: Two Examples of Panels of Court-Appointed Experts in the Breast Implants Product Liability Litigation

This report to the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management describes two different types of independent panels used in the silicone gel breast implants litigation. The use of such panels of appointed experts represents a marked departure from the traditional means of presenting and considering testimony. This report describes these expert panels in sufficient detail to permit others to understand the procedures that were used, the benefits that resulted, and the problems that arose. A similar version of this report was originally delivered to the Committee in November 1999.

Federal Rules of Evidence, Fed. R. Evid. 706 June 15, 2001
Northern District of Illinois Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project Standing Order

Beginning on June 1, 2017, the Northern District of Illinois is participating in a three-year pilot project known as the “Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project,” which is studying whether requiring parties in civil cases to respond to a series of standard discovery requests before undertaking other discovery reduces the cost and delay of civil litigation. In this pilot project, when making mandatory initial discovery responses parties are required to disclose both favorable and unfavorable information that is relevant to their claims or defenses regardless of whether they intend to use the information in their cases.

General Order 17-0005 specifies that a Standing Order will be entered in all covered cases. The Standing Order, In re Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Program in the Northern District of Illinois, explains the parties’ obligations under the pilot project and sets forth the initial discovery requests to which the parties must respond. All civil cases assigned to participating judges, except those categories of cases exempted by the Standing Order, are included in the pilot program and subject to the Standing Order.

A Federal Judicial Center website displays additional information about the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project in the Northern District of Illinois.

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure May 12, 2017
Numerical and Durational Limitations on Discovery Events as Adopted in Federal Local Rules and State Practices

Conducted at the request of Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, the report describes the local rules or practices in all ninety-four federal districts regarding numerical limitations on interrogatories and depositions and durational limits on depositions.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 26, Fed. R. Civil P. 33 February 1, 1998
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
Past and Potential Uses of Empirical Research in Civil Rulemaking

This article describes some of the advantages, disadvantages, potential benefits, and limitations of conducting empirical research to inform the civil rulemaking process. The article documents and analyzes the impact of fourteen Center studies during the last fourteen years in response to specific requests from rulemakers who wished to examine empirical data relevant to contemplated changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. From 77 Notre Dame Law Review 1121 (April 2002).

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure April 1, 2002
Pro Se Case Management for Nonprisoner Civil Litigation

This manual provides a practical guide to steps that courts can take before and during litigation to manage nonprisoner pro se litigation more efficiently, steps that may also help pro se litigants better navigate the complexities of federal civil litigation. Part I discusses the concept of procedural fairness and the goal of increasing access to justice; it also addresses some of the potential ethical concerns about providing assistance to pro se litigants. Part II examines specific case-management techniques that federal courts have applied or that have been recommended as potentially useful in pro se cases. Part III provides a more in-depth look at many of the legal issues that can arise during pro se litigation, focusing on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and case law, in order to give judges a better understanding of the scope of their authority and discretion in pro se matters.

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence September 28, 2016
Products Liability Class Action Certification and Settlement: Full Notice Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 May 10, 2002
Products Liability Class Action Certification and Settlement: Full Notice [Spanish-language version] Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 May 10, 2002
Products Liability Class Action Certification and Settlement: Language for Envelope for Construction Workers Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 May 10, 2002
Products Liability Class Action Certification and Settlement: Language for Envelope for Homeowners Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 May 10, 2002

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