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April 3, 2017
Jason A. Cantone

In 2016, at the request of the Judicial Conference Committee on Federal–State Jurisdiction, a survey was sent to all chief federal district judges asking about cooperation with their state judge counterparts. The chief district judges were asked about topics and activities that could benefit from federal–state court cooperation, whether they collaborated with their state judge counterparts on the topics, and whether they were interested in additional cooperation. 

[This report was written and presented to the Committee in 2016, and approved for release in 2017.]

January 1, 2014
Federal Judicial Center

A detailed reference for chief judges of federal district courts. The Deskbook describes the position of chief judges within the system of federal judicial administration as well as their specific roles and responsibilities with respect to national and regional bodies of judicial administration; other judges, officers, and employees of the district court; various functions of the court; case management; and external groups such as the bar, media, and public. Includes citations to statutory requirements and Judicial Conference and Administrative Office policies.

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January 1, 2003

A detailed reference for chief judges of federal district courts. The Deskbook describes the position of chief judges within the system of federal judicial administration as well as their specific roles and responsibilities with respect to national and regional bodies of judicial administration; other judges, officers, and employees of the district court; various functions of the court; and external groups such as the bar, media, and public. Includes citations to statutory requirements and Judicial Conference and Administrative Office policies.

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January 1, 1994
Jeffrey N. Barr, Thomas E. Willging

A report prepared for the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal under the title: Administration of the Federal Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980: Final Report.

January 1, 1993

A detailed reference for chief judges of federal district courts. The Deskbook describes the position of chief judges within the system of federal judicial administration as well as their specific roles and responsibilities with respect to national and regional bodies of judicial administration; other judges, officers, and employees of the district court; various functions of the court; and external groups such as the bar, media, and public.

January 1, 1982
Charles W. Nihan, Russell R. Wheeler

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.

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