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

The Judicial Conference 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 proposed amendments to Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 56 August 13, 2008
Research on Appeals of Attorney-Fee and Merits Decisions (Fed R Civ P 58(c)(2)) as Presented to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules in May 2006

In early 2006, the Federal Judicial Center examined the prevalence of the use of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 58(c)(2), and the circumstances under which appeals of judgments on the merits and decisions regarding attorney fees can occur at the same time. Two resulting memoranda were presented to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules in May 2006.

  • Coinciding appeals of a judgment on the merits and a decision regarding attorney fees, March 7, 2006, 6 pages
  • Fed.R.Civ.P. 58(c)(2), January 30, 2006, 2 pages
Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 58 May 1, 2006
Review of Scientific Literature on the Reliability of Present Sense Impressions and Excited Utterances

This review of scientific literature regarding the reliability of present sense impressions and excited utterances as it pertains to the Federal Rules of Evidence was presented as a memorandum to the Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence.

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, Fed. R. Evid. 803 March 5, 2016
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
Rule 11 Sanctioning Process: Highlights and Summary

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Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 11 January 1, 1988
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
Rule 2004 Examinations—Survey Results

Memorandum to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules responding to request for an estimate of the number of motions and other requests for Rule 2004 examinations and information about current practices related to Rule 2004 examinations.

Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2004 September 20, 1996
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
Sealed Settlement Agreements in Federal District Court

An examination of 288,846 federal district court cases revealed 1,270 cases that appeared to have sealed settlement agreements, for a sealed settlement rate of less than one half of one percent. In 97% of the cases with sealed settlements the complaint was not under seal. This research was conducted at the request of the Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. Although the practice of confidential settlement agreements is common, the question was how often and under what circumstances are such agreements filed under seal.

The report's appendices include a compilation of federal district court rules concerning sealed court documents and descriptions of the cases that appeared to have sealed settlement agreements.

For earlier unpublished research which included a compilation of both federal and state rules concerning sealed court documents, see Sealed Settlement Agreements in Federal District Court - May 2003 Progress Report.

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure May 19, 2004

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