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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 24, 2017

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.

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.

February 17, 2017

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

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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.

January 1, 2009
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