The Federal Judicial Center

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The Federal Judicial Center

Congress established the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) in 1967 as the research and education agency of the Federal Judiciary. By law, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is the chairman of the FJC’s Board. Also on the Board are seven federal judges who are elected by the Judicial Conference of the United States as well as the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

The statutory duties of the FJC fall into three categories:

• Educate federal judges, court staff and others;
• Research federal judicial procedures, court operations and judicial history; and
• Make recommendations regarding the operation and resources of the federal court system.

The FJC’s website is an easy and helpful reference for students, the media and the public who want to learn about the federal court system. This site answers practical questions such as:

• What do the federal courts do?
• How are the federal courts organized?
• How do cases move through the federal courts?
• Where do the federal courts fit into the federal government?

The FJC website explains the powers and functions of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts and the less familiar Courts of Special Jurisdiction. Anyone with an avid interest in federal judges can find the biographies of all presidentially appointed federal judges who have served on the bench since 1789.

An especially useful page of the FJC website contains an electronic library where users can download educational materials in PDF format for free. The library contains information about topics ranging from admiralty law to mass torts to scientific evidence. There is valuable information that is not subject to copyright regarding patents, electronic discovery and emergency election litigation. Additionally, there is a legal jargon definitions page that plainly defines legal terms for the non-lawyer. The general website for the Federal Judicial Center is

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