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Thomas E. Baker
August 3, 2023

This primer is a brief introduction to the complexity and nuance in the subject-matter jurisdiction of the U.S. courts of appeals. It examines procedural issues related to the exercise of appellate jurisdiction in appeals from final judgments and interlocutory appeals.

Jon O. Newman
November 2, 2021

This article discusses the way in which federal Article III appellate courts have evolved through legislation from the old circuit courts created by the Judiciary Act of 1789, to the circuit courts of appeals created by the Evarts Act of 1891, and ultimately to the modern courts of appeals, as th

Jason A. Cantone, Carly E. Giffin
June 3, 2020

This report evaluates the use of certified questions of state law between 2010 and 2018 in three U.S. circuit courts of appeal: the Ninth, Sixth, and Third Circuits. The data shows variation in the rate of certification and timing of certification events between the circuits.

May 30, 2017

This handbook was developed by the Advisory Group to the New York State and Federal Judicial Council to provide readily accessible guidance to attorneys working on cases in the U.S.

Marie Leary
April 1, 2011

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.

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

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.

Robert Timothy Reagan
March 9, 2007

Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 32.1 permits attorneys to cite to federal courts of appeals their unpublished opinions issued 2007 or later. Unpublished opinions issued before 2007 may be cited to the courts if permitted by the courts' local rules.

Robert Timothy Reagan
October 1, 2006

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appeals filed in 2002, this article presents analyses of disposition times, the frequency with which both published and unpublished opinions are issued, the average length of counseled briefs and the frequency with which they are filed, the average length of bo

Meghan A. Dunn, Rebecca Norwick
January 1, 2006

This report describes the ways in which videoconferencing is used in the courts of appeals.


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