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This course provides a survey of the common law, statutory and Constitutional foundations of federal civil procedure and the policy choices that underlie access to the Courts. It covers the procedures followed by the federal courts in civil (noncriminal) disputes and examines the ways in which common understandings of fairness shape the design of the civil procedural system. It is designed to familiarize students with the fundamental constructs of the federal civil judicial system. These constructs require an understanding of jurisdiction and venue, the law applied by the federal courts, pretrial procedures, jury trials, motions, and verdicts and judgments.
Brescia, Raymond H.