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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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Improving Court Reporting Services


January 1, 1972
A Further Look at the 1969-70 Federal District Court Time Study

This paper critiquing the 1969-70 time study was presented at an ORSA-TIMS-AIEE meeting, in Atlantic City, November 10, 1972.

January 1, 1972
Criminal Case Disposition Statistics, 1970 and 1972


January 1, 1972
Courtran from the User's Point of View

A perspective on Courtran as a system that allows courts to make informed decisions about the management of its operations and caseload, and on the need to develop and implement new management techniques. Prepared for presentation at the International Search Symposium, New Orleans, La., October 3–5, 1972.

January 1, 1972
Individual Calendar Control

Principles and procedures of effective docket control and the individual assignment system. Developed as a companion and guide for a cassette recording on the same topic.

January 1, 1972
Court Reporters Functions, Qualifications and Work Standards


January 1, 1972
Comparative Study of the Internal Operations and Process of Three US Courts of Appeals

Two volumes.

January 1, 1972
Report of the Study Group on the Caseload of the Supreme Court

The conclusions of a panel of scholars and practitioners who were assembled to study the caseload of the Supreme Court, identify problems, and recommend jurisdictional and procedural changes to assist in remedying those problems. The text of this report can also be found at 57 F.R.D. 573 (1972).

January 1, 1972
The 1969-1970 Federal District Court Time Study

A Report to the Federal Judicial Center by the Statistical Reporting Service of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture Graduate School. Submitted pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding entered into by the Statistical Reporting Service, the Graduate School, and the Federal Judicial Center.

June 1, 1971
Study of Court Reporting Systems: Executive Summary

The court reporting study was concerned with test of the feasibility of using an existing computerized translation system for the production of transcript in courtroom environment; the development of suitable statistics on time and cost of transcript preparation with any of a number of alternative methods now in use or available; and a survey of laws pertaining to the recording of court proceedings. The Executive Summary has been prepared as a digest of the study. In particular, it distills the main features of Volume I, a compendium of information on available systems, including descriptions and the necessary quantitative data to assist court administrative personnel in modifying existing arrangements for their own jurisdictions. Details of the experimental program, survey of laws, and an annotated bibliography are contained in three additional volumes of the full report.

The major recommendations are that further research and development effort is necessary and is warranted, and that consideration might be given to using the currently available computerized system as an interim measure to relieve excessive backlogs, but subject to some compromise in existing practice.

This National Bureau of Standards report was prepared for the National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration of the Department of Justice under NI-042 IA and for the Federal Judicial Center.

January 1, 1971