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February 7, 2018

This unique bankruptcy time line maps the evolution of bankruptcy law from its inception in 1787 in the U.S. Constitution through 2017. It also provides statistics demonstrating the burgeoning bankruptcy caseloads, and historical snapshots of select sociopolitical events that occurred along the way.

This updated time line is forthcoming. Requests will be filled as soon as it is available.

January 5, 2018
Jake Kobrick, Daniel S. Holt

The concluding volume of the series covers debates concerning structural changes to the federal courts, including the creation of the U.S. magistrate and U.S. bankruptcy judge positions, and alterations to the federal appellate system, including the division of the Fifth Circuit, the creation of the Federal Circuit, and proposals for a national court of appeals. A section on criminal justice reform recounts debates over access to counsel for indigent defendants, detention before trial, habeas corpus, and the creation of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

November 15, 2017
Elizabeth C. Wiggins

This guide on the use of distance participation (DP) technology to conduct bankruptcy hear­ings and trials provides an overview of general considerations, ranging from philo­sophical to practical, and then examines separately the use of the teleconferencing and videoconferencing. Each district, and indeed each judge, must decide whether to use DP technology, and if so, how to use it.

July 19, 2017

Some of the nation's top legal scholars discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's 2016–2017 term and analyze the decisions that are most likely to affect the work of federal judges. Among the decisions discussed will be those involving the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments as well as criminal law and procedure, patent law, and the federal courts.

April 3, 2017
James B. Haines Jr., Rebecca N. Eyre

A report to the Cost-Containment Subcommittee of the Court Administration and Case Management Committee on six districts with a currently consolidated district court and bankruptcy court clerk's office and three districts that at one time consolidated their district court and bankruptcy court clerks' offices but subsequently deconsolidated the offices. Based on surveys and interviews, the report presents profiles of each study district and identifies factors common to districts in which consolidation was, and was not, sustained. 

February 17, 2017

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

§ 2.2 of the electronic version of the handbook was revised in December 2017 to include clarifying language regarding workplace harassment. The hard copy is not being reprinted at this time (see printable insert pages below).

April 4, 2016

This brief paper, using two sample courts, explains court staff structure, the number and types of positions, and the titles and roles of individuals working in federal courts. 

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January 1, 2010

This AO publication is available on the U.S. Courts website in English, French, Italian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Turkish.

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