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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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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
Products Liability Class Action Certification and Settlement: Publication Notice for Construction Workers Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 May 10, 2002
Products Liability Class Action Certification and Settlement: Publication Notice for Homeowners Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 May 10, 2002
Progress Report to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules on the Impact of CAFA on the Federal Courts

The Federal Judicial Center has undertaken a long-term study of the impact of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA) on the resources of the federal courts. This progress report on the impact of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 was presented to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules on November 8, 2007. The report presents an account of the progress of this long-term study as well as new information on class action activity in California and new data on consumer protection class actions and remand rates for removed cases.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 November 8, 2007
Protective Order Activity in Three Federal Judicial Districts: Interim Report to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules

Interim report to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules providing information that was used in evaluating the need for additional provisions in the rules relating to sealed court records and sealed settlement agreements.

The 1996 final report is available here: Protective Order Activity in Three Federal Judicial Districts: Report to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules (1996).

Fed. R. Civil P. 26 October 14, 1994
Protective Order Activity in Three Federal Judicial Districts: Report to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules

This report to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules summarized work underway at the Federal Judicial Center concerning protective orders, confidential settlement agreements, and other sealed court records. The general purpose of the work was to provide the information necessary to evaluate the efficacy of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c) and to address the potential need for additional provisions in the rules relating to sealed court records and sealed settlement agreements.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 26 April 16, 1996
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
Report of a Survey Concerning Rule 11, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

A report of the results of a Center survey that sought federal trial attorneys' and federal district judges' views of the effects of Rule 11 before 1993, the effects of amendments to Rule 11 that became effective December 1, 1993, and the merits of proposals that would in large measure reverse the 1993 amendments. The results suggest that a majority of respondents generally oppose the proposed changes to Rule 11, with one exception: a majority believe that the purpose of Rule 11 sanctions should encompass compensation of parties injured by violations of Rule 11 as well as deterrence of such violations.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 11 January 1, 1995
Report of a Survey of United States District Judges' Experiences and Views Concerning Rule 11, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

A report of the results of a survey completed by 278 of 400 (70%) federal district judges in the winter of 2004-05. The Center conducted the study at the request of the Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. A questionnaire elicited the judges' experiences and opinions about the merits of past and current versions of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11 and about a legislative proposal to modify Rule 11. The judges expressed a strong preference for Rule 11 in its current form.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 11 February 24, 2005

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