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This page includes a variety of material that may be helpful in identifying other documents and cases of use to courts handling a Chapter 9 case. The map depicts visually the status of state authorization to file Chapter 9 bankruptcy and the location of the Chapter 9 filings from FY2008 to FY2015.  Tables 1, 2, and 3 present statistics about the location of the case filings and the number of judges involved in presiding over those cases. The list of Chapter 9 cases filed from FY2008 through FY2016 that is in Appendix B to the manual, Navigating Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code, also is included here, as is a bookmarked PDF document of the docket sheets from those cases.

Statistics and Docket Sheets is one of several Chapter 9 Online Repository categories.

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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.

Designation of Bankruptcy Judge is one of several Chapter 9 Online Repository categories.

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This guide is intended to help transferee clerks of court successfully manage multidistrict litigation (MDL). It contains recommendations from the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and suggestions for implementing CM/ECF to improve MDL case management.
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At the request of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, the Center collected and reviewed local bankruptcy rules regarding signatures of non-registrants of CM/ECF (e.g., debtors) and requirements for retention of documents bearing original handwritten signatures of non-registrants. Staff also reviewed district court rules regarding signatures and retention, reviewed an OMB document on the use of electronic signatures in federal transactions, and solicited the views of interested parties regarding potential rules changes in these areas.

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This report is based on a study conducted by the Federal Judicial Center for the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management. The study sought information from district court clerks of court about programs, services, and materials their courts have developed to assist pro se litigants and to assist staff in handling pro se cases. The study also sought information from district court chief judges about the impact of pro se litigants on judges and chambers staff and what measures the judges have taken to meet the demands of these cases. This report presents the results of the study. Among the many findings reported are, for example, the number and identity of districts that have established pro bono, mediation, and e-filing programs, the measures clerks and chief judges have found most effective for handing prisoner and non-prisoner pro se cases, and the top issues these cases present for clerks' offices and judges.

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This manual provides trial judges a handbook on managing civil cases. It sets out a wide array of case-management techniques, beginning with early case screening and concluding with steps for streamlining trials and final disposition. It also discusses a number of special topics, including pro se and high visibility cases, the role of staff, and automated programs that supports case management. This new edition incorporates statutory and rules changes and contains updated advice on electronic case management, electronic discovery, and ways of containing costs and expediting cases. The manual, which was produced and is being updated pursuant to a requirement set forth in the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990, is based on the experiences of federal district and magistrate judges and reflects techniques they have developed. It was prepared under the direction of the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management, with substantial contributions from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and the Federal Judicial Center, and was approved by the Judicial Conference in March 2010. This new edition supersedes the first edition (2001) and the Manual for Litigation Management and Cost and Delay Reduction (1992).

Note: Appendices A and C of the manual including sample procedures and guidelines, orders, and other materials are only available on line and are not included in the printed manual.

Appendix A: Sample Forms 1-53 (see below)

Appendix B: Guidelines for Ensuring Fair and Effective Court-Annexed ADR, Court Administration and Case Management Committee (see Manual, p. 173)

Appendix C: Sample CM/ECF Reports (see below)

Appendix D: Bibliography (see Manual, p. 189)

Appendix E: Table of Statutes and Acts (see Manual, p. 199)

Appendix F: Table of Rules (see Manual, p. 201)

United States v. Ghailani (S.D.N.Y. 1:98-cr-1023-9).

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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