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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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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
Implementation of Disclosure in United States District Courts, With Specific Attention to Courts' Responses to Selected Amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 [Superseded]

Report on the federal district courts' responses to the 1993 amendments to FRCP 26. Tables describe courts' local rules, general orders, and CJRA plans by indicating which of five key provisions of Rule 26 are in effect.

Superseded by Implementation of Disclosure in United States District Courts, With Specific Attention to Courts' Responses to Selected Amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 (March 24, 1995).

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 26 March 1, 1994
Rule 1006: Paying Filing Fee Installments through the Chapter 13 Trustee

Survey results regarding suggested changes to Fed. R. Bankr. 1006 are presented in this memo.

Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1006 February 21, 1994
Special Masters [Superseded]

Offers suggestions for the use of special masters pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 53.

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Fed. R. Crim. P. 53 January 1, 1994
Court-Appointed Experts: Defining the Role of Experts Appointed Under Federal Rule of Evidence 706

A study of why judges rarely appoint experts under Rule 706. In discussing this issue with judges, the authors learned of techniques and procedures that may aid judges when considering whether to appoint an expert or when managing an expert who has been appointed. These suggestions are collected in the final chapter of this report.

Fed. R. Evid. 706 January 1, 1993
FJC Directions, No. 4

A magazine that reported Center research and education activities in a concise format. In this issue of FJC Directions:

  • New Developments in Court Education: Taking It to the People, by Emily Z. Huebner, page 1
  • Defining a Role for Court-Appointed Experts, by Joe S. Cecil and Thomas E. Willging, page 6
Federal Rules of Evidence, Fed. R. Evid. 706 August 1, 1992
FJC Directions, No. 2: Special Issue on Rule 11

A magazine that reported Center research and education activities in a concise format. Centered around a study undertaken by the Center to assess the operation and impact of Fed. R. Civ. P. 11, this issue of FJC Directions describes Rule 11 activity in the federal courts, answers central questions about use of the rule, reports judges' assessments of the rule, and outlines proposed changes to the rule. Included is the text of an amended Rule 11 proposed by the Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. In this issue of FJC Directions:

  • The Federal Judicial Center's Study of Rule 11, by Elizabeth C. Wiggins, Thomas E. Willging, and Donna Stienstra, page 3
  • Rule 11 Activity in the Federal Courts, by Elizabeth C. Wiggins, Thomas E. Willging, and Donna Stienstra, page 6
  • Central Questions about the Use of Rule 11, by Elizabeth C. Wiggins, Thomas E. Willging, and Donna Stienstra, page 10
  • Judicial Assessments of Rule 11: Its Effectiveness and Its Impact on Litigation in Federal Court, by Elizabeth C. Wiggins, Thomas E. Willging, and Donna Stienstra, page 28
  • Proposed Changes in Rule 11, by Elizabeth C. Wiggins, Thomas E. Willging, and Donna Stienstra, page 35
  • Text of Proposed Amended Rule 11, page 40
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 11 November 1, 1991
Form 51: Order of General Reference to Magistrate Judges Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 72, Fed. R. Civil P. 73 September 27, 1991
FJC Directions, No. 1

A magazine that reported Center research and education activities in a concise format. In this issue of FJC Directions:

  • Observations from the Pilot Sentencing Institute for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, by Barbara S. Meierhoefer, page 3
  • Trends in Summary Judgment Practice: A Summary of Findings, by Joe S. Cecil, page 11. A second assessment of changes in summary judgment practice (see Summary Judgment Practice in Three District Courts). This study, examining practices in six federal district courts across a 14-year period, found that the percentage of cases with motions for summary judgment varies greatly by district and type of case. In torts and civil rights cases, motions for summary judgment have increased since 1975, whereas in prisoner cases they have dropped sharply. No increases in such motions were found since a series of decisions by the Supreme Court in 1986 clarifying the standards for summary judgment. Summary judgments are reversed at a rate that is similar to that of other civil appeals, and usually on an interpretation of substantive law rather than an overlooked material fact.
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 56 April 1, 1991
Rule 11: Final Report to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States

Report on an empirical study of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11. The Research Division of the FJC undertook the study to assist the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules in its evaluation of the rule. The study has three major components: (1) a survey of all federal district judges about their experiences with Rule 11; (2) an analysis of all district and appellate opinions published between 1984 and 1989 that address Rules 11 issues; and (3) a study of Rule 11 activity in five district courts. The district court study includes a separate analysis of the application of Rule 11 to civil rights cases in these five courts.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 11 January 1, 1991

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