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February 17, 2017

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

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March 15, 2016
Molly T. Johnson, Carol L. Krafka, Donna J. Stienstra

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February 13, 2015

A well-designed and carefully administered judicial performance evaluation (JPE) program can serve to improve the administration of justice and enhance public confidence in the judiciary. This document describes different features of a judicial performance evaluation process and describes programs used by the federal and state courts in the United States.

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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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December 17, 2010
Carol L. Krafka, Donna J. Stienstra, Rebecca N. Eyre

At the request of the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management, the Federal Judicial Center conducted a study of the use of courtrooms in the U.S. bankruptcy courts. The study, which was conducted from mid-2008 to late 2010, followed completion of a similar study of courtroom use in the federal district courts, see The Use of Courtrooms in U.S. District Courts (2008).

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January 1, 2009
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January 1, 2009
Federal Judicial Center Federal Judicial History Office

A publication that discusses the importance of federal judges' papers as a documentary record of judges' careers and the work of the federal courts. The guide describes how students of the federal courts use judges' papers and offers guidelines for judges' selection of a repository to house a collection. The guide also offers recommendations for the management of documents in chambers.

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January 1, 2008
Carol L. Krafka, Donna J. Stienstra, Patricia A. Lombard, Rebecca N. Eyre

At the request of the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management, the Federal Judicial Center conducted a study of the use of courtrooms in the U.S. district courts. The committee requested the study in response to a November 2005 congressional subcommittee request for an empirical study of the use of federal courtrooms. The study was conducted between early 2006 and spring 2008, with data collected in twenty-six district courts during the period January 15 - July 15, 2007.

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