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The Center conducts empirical and exploratory research on case management, court administration, rules of procedure, and similar matters. The results of most research are published in research reports, or in guides or manuals.

Many Center research projects are done at the request of the Judicial Conference of the United States and its committees. Typically, the Center is asked to analyze the effects of existing practices or to examine potential effects of changes that might be considered.

The Center encourages research about the federal courts. The Center’s Integrated Database (IDB) of federal cases filed since 1970 is especially useful.

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Current Research Projects

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Federal District Courts
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs Cost and Effectiveness
  • Bankruptcy Court Practices Regarding Applications for Administrative Costs
  • Best Practices for Trade Secret Seizures Under The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016
  • Case Management of Chapter 9 Municipal Bankruptcy Litigation

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