Court-annexed arbitration in the state trial court system

by Deborah R. Hensler

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Research effort has been directed toward investigating the use of court-annexed arbitration in the state trial courts, and evaluating the effectiveness of this type of arbitration for managing the civil caseload and alleviating the burdens that the litigation process places on private citizens who bring their disputes to the courts for resolution. The testimony presented by the author to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Courts deals with four topics: (1) the spread of court-annexed arbitration through the state trial court system; (2) variations in the design of court-arbitration programs nationwide; (3) the effectiveness of arbitration in reducing court congestion; and (4) how arbitration affects litigants.

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