FPD Blog

Posted by Shelly Twining on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 16:27

A free one hour CLE is scheduled for March 30, 2016, at 12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Cleveland Courthouse-Courtroom 17B (Live), Akron (Jury Assembly Room 578), Toledo (Jury Assembly Room 304) and Youngstown (Jury Assembly Room 345). The speaker is  Abbe Smith, Director, Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic and Professor of Law at Georgetown Law.  Professor Smith will discuss her book "How Can You Not Defend Those People?"  

Please contact Christine Sason for advance registration at (216)861-3689 or at christine_sason@fd.org

Posted by Shelly Twining on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 10:40

The Federal Judicial Center has created a reference guide for Judges regarding e-Discovery and the issues that arise with digital discovery in criminal cases. The guide gives the Court suggestions how to ensure that defense counsel has the necessary support for managing e-discovery.  The guide also provides suggestions on holding discovery status hearings and what should be asked of the parties.  Most people now have smart phones which have 30-60+ gigabytes of data, tablets which can have 120+ gigabytes of data, and computers which have hard drives containing terabytes of data storage. E-...

Posted by Shelly Twining on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 08:21

The U.S. District Court will soon be converting to a web-based (paperless) electronic application to submit CJA Vouchers for attorneys and experts for payment processing under the Criminal Justice Act.  Please click here for more information and training.  

Posted by Shelly Twining on Friday, October 23, 2015 - 09:19

Please take note that the United States Sentencing Guidelines are scheduled to change on Sunday, November 1, 2015 absent congressional action to the contrary.  Virtually no one anticipates congressional action to the contrary.  Consequently, the contents of the summary overview and the full-blown amendments the USSC published this past spring will become law in two weeks.  The below links you will find these publications, and can download them to your cellphone, tablet, or computer.