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In 1990 the Federal Judicial Center published Court-Annexed Arbitration in Ten District Courts, a statutorily mandated evaluation of the pilot court-annexed mandatory arbitration programs in ten federal district courts. The report examined how well the programs met various goals, relaying primarily on participants' responses to survey questions about fairness and reduction of cost, delay, and court burden. It also addressed how various program features affected goal achievement. The ten programs that were evaluated in the report were Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern California, Middle Florida, Western Michigan, Western Missouri, New Jersey, Western Oklahoma, Eastern New York, Middle North Carolina, and Western Texas. -- -- This unpublished document presents the data collection instruments that were used during the evaluation. -- 1. Questionnaire to Judges on Court-Annexed Arbitration (interview protocol) -- 2. Judge Survey -- 3. Attorney Survey for Cases That Closed Prior to the Arbitration Hearing -- 4. Attorney Survey for Cases Disposed of During or After the Arbitration Hearing (no demand for trial de novo) -- 5. Attorney Survey for Cases with Demands for Trial De Novo -- 6. Litigant Survey for Cases That Closed Prior to the Arbitration Hearing -- 7. Litigant Survey for Cases Disposed of During or After the Arbitration Hearing (no demand for trial de novo) -- 8. Litigant Survey for Cases with Demands for Trial De Novo -- 9. Arbitrator Survey

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A study of the Southern District of California's bankruptcy mediation program. The authors summarize interviews with twenty-six program participants and analyze the first eighty adversary proceedings to come to mediation. They explain the structure of the program and describe the opinions of judges, mediators, and attorneys as to the program's effectiveness.

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In 1990 the Federal Judicial Center published Court-Annexed Arbitration in Ten District Courts, a statutorily mandated evaluation of the pilot court-annexed mandatory arbitration programs in ten federal district courts. The report examined how well the programs met various goals, relaying primarily on participants' responses to survey questions about fairness and reduction of cost, delay, and court burden. It also addressed how various program features affected goal achievement. The ten programs that were evaluated in the report were Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern California, Middle Florida, Western Michigan, Western Missouri, New Jersey, Western Oklahoma, Eastern New York, Middle North Carolina, and Western Texas.

This unpublished document presents the report's court-annexed arbitration data for the Middle District of Florida.

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In 1990 the Federal Judicial Center published Court-Annexed Arbitration in Ten District Courts, a statutorily mandated evaluation of the pilot court-annexed mandatory arbitration programs in ten federal district courts. The report examined how well the programs met various goals, relaying primarily on participants' responses to survey questions about fairness and reduction of cost, delay, and court burden. It also addressed how various program features affected goal achievement. The ten programs that were evaluated in the report were Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern California, Middle Florida, Western Michigan, Western Missouri, New Jersey, Western Oklahoma, Eastern New York, Middle North Carolina, and Western Texas.

This unpublished document presents the report's court-annexed arbitration data for the Western District of Oklahoma.

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A report, prepared as asbestos litigation was becoming a growing presence on federal dockets, based on an intensive study of ten federal district courts with heavy asbestos caseloads. The author examines both innovative and traditional methods of handling the asbestos caseload in the federal courts. He makes projections as to the expected future caseload and compares asbestos cases with other types of toxic tort litigation. Major topics include assignment systems, standard pretrial procedures, settlement, consolidation and other trial formats, and special burdens on judges and clerks.

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A discussion of various techniques for settlement, such as judicial mediation, court-annexed arbitration, the use of special masters, summary jury trials, minitrials, and settlement conferences conducted by magistrate judges. The report is based on a conference of judges experienced in different types of settlement, interviews with court personnel, and literature in the field.

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An examination of a mediation procedure used in the Eastern District of Michigan that was built on an existing mediation program developed by the Third Circuit in Wayne County (Detroit), Michigan. The report describes the procedure in both the federal district court and the state trial court. Copies of the court 's relevant local rules and selected forms are included.

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A description of an innovation applied in the Western District of Washington for mediation of selected civil cases. Under the procedure described in this publication, judges referred cases to attorneys who serve as mediators without compensation, in an attempt to induce settlements.

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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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An examination of court-annexed arbitration as an alternative method of dispute resolution. The article describes in detail how an effective court arbitration program works and the goals the program is designed to achieve. It also focuses on the experience federal and state courts have had with court-annexed arbitration. Reprint of 6 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 537 (1983).

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