Monday, November 28, 2016

Civil Procedure Overview

Welcome to Civil Procedure.

This short video was done by a graduate of Indiana-Indianapolis and is posted here with his permission. This provides a succinct overview of everything you are going to learn over the next 14 weeks. You may not understand any of this now. But I promise that when you rewatch it at the end of the semester, you will know and understand everything in it.

Also, you should begin to get a general sense of the structure of the two judicial systems with which we will deal this semester: the United States and Florida. This map shows the basic set-up of the federal judiciary: one Supreme Court of the United States, 12 regional Circuit Courts of Appeals, each consisting of multiple districts within states; 92 District (trial) Courts, each state having at least one district, many states with multiple districts, and no district crossing state lines. This site provides a good overview of the Florida judicial system of one Supreme Court of Florida, 5 District Courts of Appeals, 20 Circuit Courts (for larger trial matters), and County (Courts (for smaller trial matters).

Finally, I have assigned the two most recent Year-End Reports of the Federal Judiciary, written by Chief Justice Roberts, which offer a nice overview to what we will be dealing with. For the 2015 Year-End Report, focus on pp. 1-6 and 10-12; this introduces the federal judicial system and an explanation for the statutes and rules we'll be looking at. For the 2016 Year-End Report, read the whole thing; it offers a good overview on the work of federal district (trial-court) judges, which is where we will focus. Also look at the workload reports in the Appendix.

Enjoy. See you on January 9.