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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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Central Legal Staffs in the United States Courts of Appeals: A Survey of Internal Operating Procedures

A discussion of the use of staff attorneys in each circuit court, based on reports prepared by senior staff attorneys.

January 1, 1978
Improving the Federal Court Library System: Report and Recommendations Submitted to the Judicial Conference of the United States by the Board of the Federal Judicial Center

Nineteen recommendations for modernizing and improving the federal court library system, based on a survey of the legal research facilities and library services throughout the federal court system.

January 1, 1978
Comprehensive Application of Computer Technology to the Federal Courts of the United States


January 1, 1978
Executive Overview Courtran II Data Communications Study

This study was conducted in order to develop a projection of the Federal Judicial Center Courtran II data communications requirements and to determine the most cost effective way to meet those requirements. The study looked forward from 1978 to 1983.

January 1, 1978
Assessing the Feasibility of Case Weighting as a Method of Determining Judicial Work Load


January 1, 1978
Policies of the Parole Commission and the Bureau of Prisons as They Affect the Judge's Sentencing Opinions

This paper is an introduction to understanding the relationship between a judge's sentence of imprisonment and the actions of those agencies that have responsibility for an offender after sentencing. It deals principally with policies affecting the duration of an offender's incarceration, and also includes some discussion of policies affecting the offender's experience while incarcerated.

January 1, 1978
The Quality of Advocacy in the Federal Courts: A Report to the Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States to Consider Standards for Admission to Practice in the Federal Courts

A report on judges' evaluations of lawyers' performance in federal district courts and courts of appeals, undertaken in response to Chief Justice Burger's criticism of federal court advocacy. Based on surveys of trial and appellate judges and attorneys, as well as on ratings of videotaped trial performance, the study analyzes relationships between performance and lawyer characteristics (role in case, size of law office, and lawyer's age, experience, and education) and identifies areas of deficiency in trial and appellate skills.

January 1, 1978
Courtran II Alternative Network Configurations

This report is the second of four prepared during a study of the communications requirements of the Courtran II processing system. This report addresses alternative network methods, including Direct Distance Dialing (DDD), Wide Area Telecommunications Service (WATS), a Value Added Network (VAN), and a private multiplexor network.

January 1, 1978
Courtran II Alternative Network Cost Analysis

This report is the third of four prepared during a study of the communications requirements of the Courtran II processing system. This report analyzes and compares pricing for each of the primary Courtran II network alternatives.

January 1, 1978
Case Management and Court Management in United States District Courts

An oft-cited analysis of the differences between court management procedures resulting in fast versus slow processing and those resulting in high versus low rates of disposition. This volume reports the overall results of the District Court Studies Project, a long-range effort by the Federal Judicial Center to assist the work of the United States district courts. The goal of the project is to help the courts achieve and reconcile the purpose stated in Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: "to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action." Specifically, the project has been designed to determine what procedures are associated with the highest possible speed and productivity, consistent with he highest standards of justice. Alternative procedures are examined and recommended.

January 1, 1977