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The Judicial Conference Committee on the Judicial Branch appointed a subcommittee to study judicial evaluations and make recommendations. The subcommittee chose to initiate a pilot project of voluntary, confidential evaluations with the specific goal of judicial self-improvement. Because of the voluntary nature of the project, subcommittee members agreed that the pilot district would have to be one in which the judges unanimously agreed to participate. The Central District of Illinois was selected because of the concerted interest of the judges. This report is intended to provide useful information to members of the federal judiciary who wish to conduct similar evaluation programs.

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A statutorily mandated evaluation of the pilot court-annexed mandatory arbitration programs in ten federal district courts. The report examines how well the programs have met various goals, relying primarily on participants' responses to survey questions about fairness and reduction of cost, delay, and court burden. It also addresses how various program features affect goal achievement. The ten programs that are evaluated in this report are Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern California, Middle Florida, Western Michigan, Western Missouri, New Jersey, Western Oklahoma, Eastern New York, Middle North Carolina, and Western Texas.

The report is a companion to the 1994 FJC study Voluntary Arbitration in Eight Federal District Courts.

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A discussion of the roles and responsibilities of the position of district court executive as implemented in the mid-1980s in five pilot courts. The paper focused on the patterns that emerged from a discussion by chief judges and executives of the pilot districts.

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An early evaluation of the effectiveness of local rules that provided for mandatory, nonbinding arbitration in three federal district courts.

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In response to concerns expressed about delay in transmission of proposed opinions and emergency motion papers among the widely-scattered judges of the Temporary Court of Emergency Appeals (TECA), the Federal Judicial Center conducted a pilot project experimenting with the use of IBM Magnetic Card Selectric Typewriters and Western Electric 103A Data-Set equipment with communication capabilities over telephone lines.

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In October 1969 four judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York embarked on a two-year experimental program to test the effectiveness of the individual calendar system. The judges were selected by lot from among a number of judges who volunteered to serve on the pilot program. The Pilot Project operated alongside the court's master calendar system in order to determine the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two systems.


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