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This guide serves as a brief introduction to the administrative organization of the federal judiciary, and the organizations, offices, and individuals involved in the governance of the federal judiciary.

The PDF of A New Judge's Introduction to Judicial Administration is available below. Requests for the print version will be filled when it becomes available. 

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The Resource Guide for Chief Circuit Judges’ Deskbooks describes the roles of the chief circuit judge, the leader of administrative operations for the court of appeals, and the circuit as a whole. The guide outlines the chief circuit judge’s key responsibilities, including the duties that Congress, the Judicial Conference of the United States, and the director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts have assigned or delegated to these judges. Also included is a discussion of the role chief circuit judges play in fostering judicial wellness and collegiality and in promoting an exemplary workplace. Circuit-specific policies and practices are not included, so that the guide can serve as a template for circuits to supplement with their local rules and policies.

This paper provides a brief explanation of the Judicial Conference of the United States: its duties and responsibilities, its membership, and a list of its committees.

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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. For a subsequent report on bankruptcy courtroom use, see The Use of Courtrooms in U.S. Bankruptcy Courts (2010).

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This brief pamphlet describes the major agencies that administer the federal courts on the national, regional, and local level and summarizes their primary functions. It covers, for example, the circuit judicial councils, circuit conferences, the U.S. Judicial Conference and its committees, and the Administrative Office and Federal Judicial Center.

Superseded by A New Judge’s Introduction to Federal Judicial Administration, Second Edition (2020).

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L. Ralph Mecham transmits to Congress the Judicial Conference's 6-part final report on the CJRA including analysis of CJRA implementation, alternative plans for cost and delay reduction, and techniques, guidelines, and principles of CJRA efforts.

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Institute for Civil Justice, Rand Corporation.
This document traces the stages in the implementation of the CJRA in the study districts: the recommendations of the advisory groups, the plans adopted by the districts, and the plans actually implemented. It was prepared for the Judicial Conference of the United States.

All parts of this reports:

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Prepared by the Federal Judicial Center with assistance from Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

For the main report see Civil Justice Reform Act Report: Development and Implementation of Plans by the United States District Courts (1995), which includes Appendix I, III, IV.

Appendix II was a prepublication version of The Civil Justice Reform Act Expense and Delay Reduction Plans: A Sourcebook (1995).


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