18 U.S. Code § 3166 - District plans—contents
Each plan shall include a description of the time limits, procedural techniques, innovations, systems and other methods, including the development of reliable methods for gathering and monitoring information and statistics, by which the district court, the United States attorney, the Federal public defender, if any, and private attorneys experienced in the defense of criminal cases, have expedited or intend to expedite the trial or other disposition of criminal cases, consistent with the time limits and other objectives of this chapter.
(b) Each plan shall include information concerning the implementation of the time limits and other objectives of this chapter, including:
the incidence of and reasons for, requests or allowances of extensions of time beyond statutory or district standards;
the incidence of, and reasons for, periods of delay under section 3161(h) of this title;
the incidence of, and reasons for, the invocation of sanctions for noncompliance with time standards, or the failure to invoke such sanctions, and the nature of the sanction, if any invoked for noncompliance;
the effect on criminal justice administration of the prevailing time limits and sanctions, including the effects on the prosecution, the defense, the courts, the correctional process, costs, transfers and appeals;
the incidence and length of, reasons for, and remedies for detention prior to trial, and information required by the provisions of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure relating to the supervision of detention pending trial;
the identity of cases which, because of their special characteristics, deserve separate or different time limits as a matter of statutory classifications;
the incidence of, and reasons for each thirty-day extension under section 3161(b) with respect to an indictment in that district; and
(c) Each district plan required by section 3165 shall include information and statistics concerning the administration of criminal justice within the district, including, but not limited to:
the time span between arrest and indictment, indictment and trial, and conviction and sentencing;
the number of matters presented to the United States Attorney for prosecution, and the numbers of such matters prosecuted and not prosecuted;
the number of matters transferred to other districts or to States for prosecution;
the extent of preadjudication detention and release, by numbers of defendants and days in custody or at liberty prior to disposition; and
the number of new civil cases filed in the twelve-calendar-month period preceding the submission of the plan;
Each plan shall further specify the rule changes, statutory amendments, and appropriations needed to effectuate further improvements in the administration of justice in the district which cannot be accomplished without such amendments or funds.
Each plan shall include recommendations to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts for reporting forms, procedures, and time requirements. The Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, with the approval of the Judicial Conference of the United States, shall prescribe such forms and procedures and time requirements consistent with section 3170 after consideration of the recommendations contained in the district plan and the need to reflect both unique local conditions and uniform national reporting standards.
Each plan may be accompanied by guidelines promulgated by the judicial council of the circuit for use by all district courts within that circuit to implement and secure compliance with this chapter.
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