The following message is on behalf of the President, FBA Phoenix Chapter:

Dear Members and Friends of FBA Phoenix:

Please join us for lunch on Thursday, February 18, 2016, in the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse Jury Assembly Room, for a discussion of case developments in the Ninth Circuit in the mootness doctrine and how it applies in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.  The new case has been cited by lawyers on the East Coast as proof that important Chapter 11 cases should be filed in the Second and Third Circuits....

The 2016 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest is an essay and video competition for high school students in the western U.S.  The theme of the contest is the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona. In that 1966 case, the court ruled that someone taken into police custody must be informed – prior to questioning – of their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.  Click here for all the details. ...

On December 1, 2015, significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective.  These changes include the following, among others:

1.    The time for service of process under Rule 4(m) is shortened from 120 days to 90 days.  For cases pending in the District of Arizona before December 1, the time for service will remain 120 days.  For cases filed on or after December 1, the new 90-day time limit will apply.

2.    The time for holding the initial case management conference under Rule 16(b) has been...

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a type of XML that allows internet browsers and other feed readers to display information from a website. Users can subscribe to RSS feeds so they will be notified every time content is updated on a particular site.

Until recently, the only way to follow a case in PACER was to repeatedly visit the PACER site and check for updates. This has changed with recent versions of CM/ECF. Our court now provides automatic case notification through use of RSS feeds. You may subscribe to our court's free RSS...

E-Pro Se is a user-friendly web application available on the District of Arizona website (www.azd.uscourts.gov) and, in the near future, on kiosks in the Phoenix and Tucson Clerk's Office locations.  This program is not intended to be a substitute for an attorney or to provide legal advice.

E-Pro Se assists a pro se party in preparing the complaint required to commence a civil lawsuit. The program gathers information through a series of questions and the data entered will be...

District courts are reporting that citizens in their districts have received phishing e-mails requesting personal information such as social security numbers and mothers’ maiden names.  There have also been reports of citizens receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be with law enforcement.  ...

In December 2011, the United States District Court established a prisoner mediation pilot program to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our prisoner civil rights case management procedures.  The purpose of the pilot is to attempt to resolve at the earliest possible stage those prisoner cases that are otherwise most likely to go to trial and to reduce future prisoner litigation by resolving regularly recurring policy issues.  At this time, the pilot is limited to cases filed by prisoners confined in Arizona Department of Corrections...

Effective, Monday, December 1, 2014, all presentence disclosures made by the Probation Office in criminal cases will be accomplished through CM/ECF.  SECRIS will not be used to disclose these documents.  The notice of assignment, initial disclosures, as well as the final presentence report, will be docketed in ECF and counsel will receive a NEF (notice of electronic filing) when the documents are filed.  Because most of these documents are sealed, counsel...