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October 30, 2017

With the goal of fostering stronger cooperation between the Hawaiian federal and state judicial systems when dealing with the concurrent supervision of offenders, the United States Probation Office for the District of Hawaii, the Adult Client Services Branch of the Hawaii Judiciary, and the Hawaii Paroling Authority entered into the attached Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 

July 27, 2017

The Goldfarb Center and the Maine Federal–State Judicial Council collaborated to produce the video Conversations with Maine Judges to help Maine teachers introduce their students to how courts and judges work. The video draws on interviews mostly of recently retired federal judges and justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The accompanying study guide was produced by Freeport High School social studies teacher Hank Ogilby. Both of these can viewed or downloaded by following links below.

July 27, 2017

The Advisory Group to the New York State–Federal Judicial Council completed a best practices document on interpreters in federal and New York state courts that was approved on May 18, 2015 by the New York State–Federal Judicial Council. That document is presented here as part of a set of CLE materials on vulnerable populations. 

The Federal Judicial Center did not contribute to this document. It is presented as an example of work from a state–federal judicial council.

July 27, 2017

The Advisory Group to the New York State–Federal Judicial Council analyzed New York State and federal courts’ treatment of prelitigation conduct involving the creation, retention, and destruction of electronically stored information (ESI) to determine whether the courts were consistent and harmonious when addressing these issues.

July 26, 2017

Notice of Meeting for State–Federal Judicial Council of ____________ (state)

To: ______________  (name and email address of judge)

Subject: State–Federal Judicial Council of_________  (state)

Meeting

A meeting of members of the State–Federal Judicial Council of _____ (state) will be held on _____ (date of meeting) at ___________  (time of meeting) at ________ (location of meeting).

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July 26, 2017

Notice of Organizational Meeting for State–Federal Judicial Council of ___________ (state)

To:____________  (name and email address of judge)

Subject: State–Federal Judicial Council of _________ (state) Organizational Meeting

You are cordially invited to attend a meeting of members of the state and federal judiciary in _______ (state) to discuss the formation of a state–federal judicial council in the state.

July 26, 2017

Charter of the State–Federal Judicial Council of  _______ (state)

1. Name

The Council shall be known as the State–Federal Judicial Council of ________________ (state). 

2. Purpose

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. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit who face the possibility that their clients or other parties may request the federal court to refer state law issues to the New York Court of Appeals or the possibility that the Second Circuit may certify state law questions sua sponte.

May 30, 2017

In 2016, the New York State–Federal Judicial Council prepared this report on the coordination of discovery between New York state and federal courts. 

The Federal Judicial Center did not contribute to this document. It is presented as an example of work from a state–federal judicial council. 

This document is part of Federal and State Court Cooperation, a Special Topic Webpage.

April 3, 2017
Jason A. Cantone

In 2016, at the request of the Judicial Conference Committee on Federal–State Jurisdiction, a survey was sent to all chief federal district judges asking about cooperation with their state judge counterparts. The chief district judges were asked about topics and activities that could benefit from federal–state court cooperation, whether they collaborated with their state judge counterparts on the topics, and whether they were interested in additional cooperation. 

[This report was written and presented to the Committee in 2016, and approved for release in 2017.]

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