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January 1, 2005
Carol L. Krafka, Patricia A. Lombard

Different types of cases impose different work demands on judges. Case weights are a measure of the average time consumed by cases of one type relative to other types. In 2003-2004, the Federal Judicial Center conducted a study to update existing weights for federal district courts using an event-based method. This method, which was new to the federal courts, combined information on the type and frequency of case events with information on the time judges require to complete these events.

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January 1, 1999
Stefanie A. Lindquist, Carol L. Krafka, John E. Shapard

The mix of cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit differs markedly from the case mix of other U.S. courts of appeals. The implications of this difference for judicial workload and judgeship needs, however, have been unclear. At the request of the Subcommittee on Judicial Statistics of the Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Resources, we conducted this study to assist the subcommittee in assessing judgeship needs in the D.C. Circuit.

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March 3, 1997
Civil Justice Advisory Group for the District of New Hampshire

The annual assessment includes survey results and statistical analysis of the civil and criminal workloads

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December 16, 1996
Elizabeth C. Wiggins

Report to the Bankruptcy Committee of the results of adjusting the weighted caseload for the Southern District of New York in accordance with the protocol adopted by the Bankruptcy Committee at the June 1996 meeting.

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August 23, 1996
Robert March

Clerk of the Court Robert M. March transmits the District of New Mexico's Process Innovation Report to Abel J. Mattos of the Administrative Office. March describes the report as "an important aspect of the development of the electronic filing Advanced Court Engineering (ACE) project."

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June 10, 1996
Elizabeth C. Wiggins, Patricia A. Lombard

This report revises and expands on the January 1996 report to the Bankruptcy Committee evaluating two approaches that refine assessing judicial workload for Mega Chapter 11 cases and recommendations to the committee for facilitating mega cases in the future.

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March 27, 1996
John E. Shapard

This document presents tables which show case weights derived from the Federal Judicial Center's 1987-1993 District Court Time Study. The case weights were approved by the Judicial Conference Subcommittee on Judicial Statistics in 1993 for use in calculating the districts' annual Weighted Filings Per Judgeship. This document was initially prepared in 1995, and revised in 1996.

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February 9, 1995
Thomas E. Willging, Laural L. Hooper, Robert J. Niemic

A random national sample of 8,320 civil cases filed between November 1987 and January 1990 in 86 federal district courts included 51 cases involving class action allegations in the complaint or judicial action in response to class action activity. The incidence of class actions was 61 class actions per 10,000 cases.

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