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Reports and Studies

Below is a list of a number of past published studies conducted by the Research Division. Some Center reports are not published or made publicly available due to restrictions in place from the source of the research request. Most research reports can be downloaded and in some instances, a hardcopy publication can be requested.

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A Study of the Role and Impact of Special Masters in Patent Cases

Report of a study of the use of special masters in patent litigation.

March 25, 2009
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.

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.

 

February 1, 2011
A Validation and Comparative Evaluation of Four Predictive Devices for Classifying Federal Probation Caseloads — A Report to the Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States on the Administration of the Probation System

An evaluation of the comparative validity of four risk prediction scales used for classifying federal probation caseloads. The authors found the U.S.D.C. 75 Scale to have the best balance of validity and predictive power, and they recommend that it be used by all U.S. probation officers. (The U.S.D.C. 75 Scale was subsequently modified and renamed the Risk Prediction Scale 80 and is now undergoing modification again. It is in use in all federal probation offices.)

January 1, 1982
Administering the Federal Judicial Circuits: A Survey of Chief Judges' Approaches and Procedures

A description of how chief judges of the federal appellate courts discharged their administrative responsibilities in the early 1980s, based on interviews with chief judges, circuit executives, and other court personnel. The report discusses current trends in circuit administration and offers suggestions for how the chief judge's administrative role might be strengthened.

January 1, 1982
Administration of Justice in a Large Appellate Court: The Ninth Circuit Innovations Project

A description of a series of innovations adopted by the Ninth Circuit court of appeals from 1980 to 1982. The report outlines the court's Submission-Without-Argument and Prebriefing Conference programs and its modifications in the calendaring of oral arguments, and it reviews the effects of these innovations on case processing and the circuit's workload.

January 1, 1985
Administrative Structures in Large District Courts

An early comparative analysis of management styles in the fifteen metropolitan district courts. The report is based on personal interviews with chief judges, clerks of court, and other judges and circuit personnel. It describes the many administrative tasks courts face and the various arrangements they have devised to perform those tasks.

January 1, 1981
ADR in the Federal District Courts: An Initial Report

This report provides a brief history of alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, in the federal district courts, touching on the statutes that have prompted ADR developments and noting policy guidance and support to assist courts in establishing ADR programs. The report then provides a summary of ADR procedures authorized in the district courts as of late 2011.

November 16, 2011
Advisory Committee Notes to the Federal Rules of Evidence That May Require Clarification

At the request of the Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules, Professor Daniel Capra, committee reporter, listed instances where Congress either rejected or substantially changed rules before passage, thus rendering advisory committee notes possibly confusing. He provides an introduction and a rule-by-rule commentary on these discrepancies.

July 21, 1998
Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Bankruptcy Court: The Mediation Program in the Southern District of California

A study of the Southern District of California's bankruptcy mediation program. The authors summarize interviews with twenty-six program participants and analyze the first eighty adversary proceedings to come to mediation. They explain the structure of the program and describe the opinions of judges, mediators, and attorneys as to the program's effectiveness.

January 1, 1988

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