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March 1, 2013
Federal Judicial Center
The Benchbook is an ongoing compilation of information that federal judges have found useful for immediate bench or chambers reference in civil and criminal proceedings. It contains sections on such topics as assignment of counsel, taking guilty pleas, standard voir dire questions, sentencing, and contempt. The sixth edition, published March 2013, adds new sections on disclosure of exculpatory information under Brady v. Maryland, civil case management, and restraint of dangerous defendants (“shackling”).
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January 1, 2010
Tucker Carrington, Kris Markarian

The Manual on Recurring Problems in Criminal Trials (6th ed.) outlines the law governing many of the specific issues and procedural matters that arise frequently in criminal trials. The Sixth Edition added new material and revised the organization and format to enhance usability. Among the topics covered are pro se representation, jury-related matters, disclosure, evidentiary issues, contempt, confessions, and multiple defendants. Circuit splits are also noted.

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May 22, 2009
Vaughn R. Walker

In re NSA Telecommunication Records Litigation (N.D. Cal. 3:06-md-1791).

This document is among Selected Orders and Other Case Documents that, in turn, are among the Center's resources on National Security Cases.

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September 1, 2007

An ongoing compilation of information that federal judges have found useful for immediate bench or chambers reference in civil and criminal proceedings. The Benchbook contains sections on such topics as assignment of counsel, taking guilty pleas, standard voir dire questions, sentencing, and contempt. It is prepared under the guidance of experienced district judges and is produced in loose-leaf format for easy supplementation.

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January 1, 2001
Donald S. Voorhees, Genevra Kay Loveland

The fifth edition of the late Judge Voorhees's guide to the law governing many of the procedural matters that arise in criminal trials. The material, which was originally prepared for Center seminars for newly appointed district judges, has been updated to include cases decided during the Supreme Court's 2000-2001 Term and U.S. Court of Appeals cases reported through 212 F.3d 306. Among the topics covered are jury-related problems, evidentiary issues, civil and criminal contempt, the Fifth Amendment, confessions, and severance of defendants.

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January 1, 1996
Donald S. Voorhees, Genevra Kay Loveland

The fourth edition of the late Judge Voorhees's guide to the law governing many of the procedural matters that arise in criminal trials. The material, which was originally prepared for Center seminars for newly appointed district judges, has been updated to include cases decided during the Supreme Court's 1994-1995 Term and U.S. Court of Appeals cases reported through 67 F. 3d 940. Among the topics covered are jury-related problems, evidentiary issues, civil and criminal contempt, the Fifth Amendment, confessions, and severance of defendants.

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January 1, 1990
Bruce M. Clarke, Deirdre Golash, Donald S. Voorhees

The third edition of the late Judge Voorhees's manual collecting decisions on procedural problems arising in criminal trials. The material, which originated in Center seminars for newly appointed district judges, has been updated to include cases decided during the Supreme Court's 1989 October term through January 1990 and U.S. circuit court cases reported through 875 F.2d. Among the topics covered are jury-related problems, evidentiary issues, civil and criminal contempt, the Fifth Amendment, confessions, and severance of defendants.

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