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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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Comparative Study of the Taxation of Costs in the Circuit Courts of Appeals Under Rule 39 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure: Report to the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules requested this report on circuit practices for awarding costs under Rule 39 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. The report describes the variations among the circuits' rules and procedures, compares how the circuits have implemented Fed. R. App. P 39, and presents a comparative analysis of costs awards. It also offers some procedural and conclusory observations from the research.

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Fed. R. App. P. 39 April 1, 2011
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.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 12, Fed. R. Civil P. 8 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.

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.

 

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 and Procedure 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 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
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).

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure March 1, 2010
Appendix E-4: Middle District of Florida — General Procedure Order Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 56 March 1, 2010
Judges' Class Action Notice and Claims Process Checklist and Plain Language Guide

The checklist provides overall guidance on notice and notice plan development and provides guidance for improving class actions claims processes. A graphical plain language notice guide explains and highlights the important features of the illustrative notices. For more on class action notices, see: Illustrative Forms of Class Action Notices.

This checklist is referenced in the Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges, Third Edition, p. 11 as Notice Checklist and Plain Language Guide.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 23 January 1, 2010
Form 14: Report of Parties' Planning Meeting Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) and L.R. 16.3(b) Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 26 January 1, 2010

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