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October 23, 2017

Under § 921(b) of the Bankruptcy Code, the chief judge of the court of appeals designates the bankruptcy judge to administer the case. This page provides resources regarding the designation of the bankruptcy judge in a Chapter 9 case, including general guidance for the bankruptcy clerk of court in requesting the designation of a bankruptcy judge from the court of appeals, CM/ECF event codes needed for the designation, a sample request and order for designation, and requests and designation orders used in a selection of cases.

April 1, 2011
Marie Leary

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules requested this report on circuit practices for awarding costs under Rule 39 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. The report describes the variations among the circuits' rules and procedures, compares how the circuits have implemented Fed. R. App. P 39, and presents a comparative analysis of costs awards. It also offers some procedural and conclusory observations from the research.

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January 1, 2011
Laural L. Hooper, D. Dean P. Miletich, Angelia N. Levy

This report details the varying appellate practices and procedures of the U.S. courts of appeals within the generally uniform appellate scheme imposed by the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. Part I of the report highlights key variations from court to court; Part II describes in detail the case management procedures of each court.

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January 1, 2009

For convenience the Guide's exhibits are assembled here as a single downloadable file. To access the exhibits individually, or to download or order a hard copy of the Guide itself, follow the source link below.

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April 1, 2008
Marie Leary

At its Fall 2007 meeting, the Appellate Rules Advisory Committee discussed the current circuit split over whether Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 7 authorizes the inclusion of attorney fees in a bond for costs on appeal. This item has been brought back before the Committee as it determines whether, in light of recent case law developments, to proceed with a proposed amendment approved by the Committee in 2003 which made clear that FRAP 7 bond "costs" do not include attorney fees.

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January 1, 2008
Jefri Wood

Prepared as supplemental reference material for the 2008 National Sentencing Policy Institute, this outline gives a basic overview of federal appellate court cases following Gall v. United States, 128 S. Ct. 586 (2007), and Kimbrough v. United States, 128 S. Ct. 558 (2007). It provides an extensive sampling of published appellate opinions through May 29, 2008.

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March 9, 2007
Robert Timothy Reagan

Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 32.1 permits attorneys to cite to federal courts of appeals their unpublished opinions issued 2007 or later. Unpublished opinions issued before 2007 may be cited to the courts if permitted by the courts' local rules. This document is a summary table of the federal courts of appeals' local rules on citations to their unpublished opinions issued before 2007.

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January 1, 2007

This handbook provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts.

For the original English language publication, see Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Second Edition (2007).

This publication was translated to Russian and published by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Federal Judicial Center cannot vouch for the accuracy of the translation.

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October 1, 2006
Robert Timothy Reagan

Based on a random sample of federal appeals filed in 2002, this article presents analyses of disposition times, the frequency with which both published and unpublished opinions are issued, the average length of counseled briefs and the frequency with which they are filed, the average length of both published and unpublished opinions, and the frequency with which various types of authorities are cited in both briefs and opinions.

The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Fall 2006)

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May 1, 2006
Rebecca N. Eyre, Thomas E. Willging, Joe S. Cecil

In early 2006, the Federal Judicial Center examined the prevalence of the use of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 58(c)(2), and the circumstances under which appeals of judgments on the merits and decisions regarding attorney fees can occur at the same time. Two resulting memoranda were presented to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules in May 2006.

  • Coinciding appeals of a judgment on the merits and a decision regarding attorney fees, March 7, 2006, 6 pages
  • Fed.R.Civ.P. 58(c)(2), January 30, 2006, 2 pages
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