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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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Motions to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim After Iqbal: Report to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules

This report presents the findings of a Federal Judicial Center study on the filing and resolution of motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim under Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The study was requested by the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. This request was prompted by two recent Supreme Court decisions Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007), and Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662 (2009)  that interpreted Rule 8(a) by stating that a plaintiff must present a "plausible" claim for relief.

Civil Litigation & Procedure, Dismissal, Federal Rules of Practice & Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 12, Fed. R. Civil P. 8, Motions, Dispositive March 1, 2011
A Summary of Responses to a National Survey of Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and Disclosure Practices in Criminal Cases: Final Report to the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules

The Center prepared this report at the request of the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules as it considers whether to amend Rule 16 to incorporate the government's constitutional obligation to provide exculpatory and impeachment evidence to the defense or, instead, to create a broader disclosure obligation. The Center conducted a national survey, which included an online survey of all federal district and magistrate judges, U.S. Attorneys' Offices, federal defenders, and a sample of defense attorneys in criminal cases that terminated during calendar year 2009.

Brady Material, Evidence, Exculpatory Evidence, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Fed. R. Crim. P. 16 February 1, 2011
A Summary of Responses to a National Survey of Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and Disclosure Practices in Criminal Cases: Final Report to the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules - Appendices

The Center prepared this report at the request of the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules as it considers whether to amend Rule 16 to incorporate the government's constitutional obligation to provide exculpatory and impeachment evidence to the defense or, instead, to create a broader disclosure obligation. The Center conducted a national survey, which included an online survey of all federal district and magistrate judges, U.S. Attorneys' Offices, federal defenders, and a sample of defense attorneys in criminal cases that terminated during calendar year 2009.

 

Brady Material, Exculpatory Evidence, Federal Rules of Practice & Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Fed. R. Crim. P. 16 February 1, 2011
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 & Procedure, Sealed Records & Proceedings December 15, 2010
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 & 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, Privacy April 5, 2010
Attorney Satisfaction with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure—Report to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules

This report compares selected questions from opinion surveys regarding civil litigation completed by members of the American College of Trail Lawyers, ABA Section of Litigation, and National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).

Civil Litigation & Procedure, Costs of Litigation, Discovery & Disclosure, Federal Rules of Practice & Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure March 1, 2010
Appendix E-4: Middle District of Florida — General Procedure Order Capital Habeas, Case Management, Criminal Litigation & Procedure, Criminal Defense, Death Penalty, Federal Rules of Practice & Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 56, Habeas Corpus, Habeas Petitions March 1, 2010
Form 23: Pretrial Scheduling Order Settlement Conferences, Calendaring & Scheduling, Case Management, Civil Litigation & Procedure, Federal Rules of Practice & Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 16, Fed. R. Civil P. 26, Pretrial January 1, 2010
Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Third Edition

This pocket guide is designed to help federal judges manage the increased number of class action cases filed in or removed to federal courts as a result of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA). It includes a section on determining federal jurisdiction that incorporates case-management practices and judicial interpretations of CAFA. It also includes suggestions for judicial review and administration of class settlements, especially regarding the disclosure of claims rates and actual payments to class members. This third edition includes an expanded treatment of the notice and claims processes. Revisions are concentrated in parts III and IV.

Class Actions, Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 January 1, 2010
Form 10: Report of Parties' Planning Meeting (Form 35, Fed. R. Civ. P.) Case Management, Civil Litigation & Procedure, Discovery & Disclosure, Managing Discovery, Federal Rules of Practice & Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 26 January 1, 2010

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