(a) Scope of Plan. The Civil Appeals Management Plan (CAMP)
applies to all civil appeals, petitions for review, and
applications for enforcement. But CAMP does not apply to
proceedings in which at least one party appears pro se,
matters initially placed on the courtís Non-Argument Calendar,
petitions for writs of mandamus or prohibition, and habeas
corpus cases and proceedings under 28 U.S.C. ß 2255, unless
the court orders
(b) Office of Staff Counsel. Upon docketing a case, the clerk
refers a CAMP-eligible case to the Office of Staff Counsel for
review. Staff counsel may recommend to the clerk the entry of
orders governing the case.
(c) CAMP Conference. Staff counsel may direct counsel for the
parties to participate in a conference to explore the
possibility of settlement, narrow the issues, and discuss any
matters that may expedite disposition of the appeal.
(1) Counselís Preparation. Before a CAMP conference, counsel
must consult with the client and obtain as much authority as
feasible to settle the case, and must be prepared to discuss
in depth the legal, factual and procedural issues of the
(2) Client Participation. Counsel should participate in a
conference without the client, unless staff counsel permits
or requests otherwise. During the conference, the client
must be available by telephone.
(3) Conference Location. At the discretion of staff counsel,
the conference may be held in person at the offices of staff
counsel, or may be conducted by telephone or video.
(4) Survey. After the conclusion of a CAMP proceeding,
counsel for each party must complete the anonymous
Post-Conference Survey and submit it electronically to this courtís Director of Legal Affairs at
(d) Referral to CAMP. At any time during the pendency of any
case (including those not within CAMPís scope as described in
(a)), the parties may request or the court may determine to
refer the case to CAMP for any purpose consistent with this
(e) Confidentiality. Information shared during a CAMP
proceeding is confidential and is not included in court files
or disclosed to the judges of this court except to the extent
disclosed by an order entered as a result of a CAMP
proceeding. The attorneys and other participants are
prohibited from disclosing what is said in a CAMP proceeding
to anyone other than clients, principals or co-counsel, and
then, only upon receiving due assurance that the recipient
will honor confidentiality.
(f) Grievance Procedure. Any complaint regarding the handling
of any CAMP proceeding must be submitted to the chief judge
of the court.
(g) Non-Compliance Sanctions. The court may, after affording
notice and an opportunity to be heard, impose sanctions on an
attorney or party who does not participate in good faith in
the CAMP program.
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