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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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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For earlier unpublished research which included a compilation of both federal and state rules concerning sealed court documents, see Sealed Settlement Agreements in Federal District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
Sealing Court Records and Proceedings: A Pocket Guide

Court case records and proceedings are presumptively public, but occasionally there are compelling reasons for keeping all or parts of them confidential, sometimes permanently but often only temporarily. This pocket guide summarizes the case law on sealing records and proceedings and presents a useful procedural checklist of seven principles to follow when denying public access.

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure December 15, 2010
Securities Class Action Certification and Settlement: Full Notice Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 May 10, 2005
Securities Class Action Certification and Settlement: Publication Notice Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 May 10, 2005
Securities Class Action Certification and Settlement: Publication Notice [Spanish-language version] Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 May 10, 2005
Securities Class Action: Language for Envelope Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 May 10, 2001
Securities Class Action: PSLRA Cover Letter Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 May 10, 2003
Social Security Numbers in Federal Court Documents

Memorandum to the Privacy Subcommittee of the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, April 5, 2010.

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9037, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 5.2, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Fed. R. Crim. P. 49.1 April 5, 2010
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

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