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1980 Hague Convention on International Child Abduction: A Resource for Judges

This website provides resources to help federal judges adjudicate cases under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

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Illustrative Forms of Class Action Notices

The Federal Judicial Center developed illustrative notices (securities and product liability, employment discrimination) of proposed class action certification and settlement. These notices are designed to illustrate how attorneys and judges might comply with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(c)(2)(B), which says that class action notices "must concisely and clearly state in plain, easily understood language" specific information about the nature and terms of a class action and how it might affect potential class members’ rights.

Managing Capital Cases

Managing Capital Cases

Site is designed to assist judges assigned to capital cases, either federal death penalty prosecutions or capital habeas cases. The sites include resource guides describing practices and procedures used by courts and individual judges. 

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Technology in Litigation

We are in an era of rapidly changing technology. More and more, judges are called upon to understand developments in areas such as surveillance technology, cloud computing, and cybercrime. Presented here are the Federal Judicial Center's growing resources on this important topic.