This Note, a shortened version of a study published as R-2733-ICJ, examines the experimental court-ordered arbitration program established in California in 1979, in an effort to determine whether court-ordered arbitration reduces court congestion and backlogs; whether it cuts costs, by how much, and to whom; and whether participants, both litigants and attorneys, like the program. The authors found California's year-old program to be a modest success: it provides some objective benefits, particularly to courts, and it seems to hurt no one.
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