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Reports & 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. See also Manuals, Monographs, & Guides.

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Role of the Judge in the Settlement Process

An analysis of some judicial techniques that help maximize the possibility of freely negotiated settlements. Reprinted in 75 Federal Rules Decisions 203

January 1, 1977
Recommended Procedures for Handling Prisoner Civil Rights Cases in the Federal Courts

A report on the role of the federal courts in handling "conditions of confinement" complaints by both state and federal prisoners, with emphasis on state cases brought under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983. Procedures for handling such cases from initial filing through the pretrial stages are presented.

January 1, 1977
Evaluation of the Probable Impact of Selected Proposals for Imposing Mandatory Minimum Sentences in the Federal Courts

A comparison of sentencing practices in fiscal 1976 with sentencing proposals offered in the second session of the 95th Congress. The authors conclude that few sentences imposed by federal judges would conflict with the legislative proposals, except those in the opiate, bank robbery, and aggravated assault offense categories.

January 1, 1977
Decisions Construing the Judicial Disqualification Statute

A brief analysis of the judicial disqualification statute, 28 U.S.C. Section 455, with an index and annotations of reported decisions construing the statute.

January 1, 1977
Guidelines for Pre-Recording Testimony on Videotape Prior to Trial, Second Edition

A description of techniques, equipment, and procedures for videotaping depositions. The report includes forms, state and federal rules, cases, and a listing of articles on this subject.

January 1, 1976
District Court Studies Project: Interim Report


January 1, 1976
An Evaluative Review of Programs and Design of Future Evaluation Framework

This report to the Federal Judicial Center by staff of the University of Chicago Law School (Norval Morris) and University Extension (C. Ranlet Lincoln) provided a general evaluation of the Center's continuing education and training programs through 1976, and suggested an evaluation framework for long-range planning and the design of individual programs.

January 1, 1976
Consequences of Alternative Sentences

This document was used during a Sentencing Institute for the Sixth and Ninth Circuits, held November 11-14, 1975. Using a hypothetical case, it presents:

  • Salient Factor Computation
  • Guidelines for Decision Making―Adults
  • Guidelines for Decision Making―Youth
  • Guidelines for Decision Making―Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Act of 1966
  • Sentence Alternatives
  • Report on Sentenced Offender by U. S. District Judge (A.O. Form 235)
  • Summary of Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Act of 1966 [NARA]
  • Institutional Description―Terminal Island
  • Notice of Action Worksheet (Revised)
  • MAP―U.S. Board of Parole Regions
November 11, 1975
District Court Caseload Forecasting: An Executive Summary

A summary of the first phase of the Center's project to develop a caseload forecasting model. The study concludes that indicator-based forecasts can and should be used to help allocate district court resources.

October 1, 1975
Appellate Review of Trial Court Discretion

A discussion of types of cases in which judicial discretionbased on facts and guided by lawis applied in trial courts. Presented at a Seminar for Federal Appellate Judges sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center, May 13-16, 1975

May 13, 1975