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This article summarizes RAND's evaluation of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 (CJRA). The CJRA required each federal district court to develop a case management plan to reduce costs and delay. The legislation also created a pilot program to test six principles of case management, and required an independent evaluation to assess their effects. Study results appear in four volumes. MR-800-ICJ, the executive summary, describes the purpose of the CJRA, the basic design of the evaluation, the key findings, and their policy implications. MR-801-ICJ traces the implementation of the CJRA in the study districts. MR-802-ICJ presents the main descriptive and statistical findings related to cost, time to disposition, and participants' satisfaction and views of fairness. MR-803-ICJ describes the results of an evaluation of mediation and neutral evaluation designed to supplement the alternative dispute resolution assessment contained in the main CJRA evaluation.

Originally published in: Judicature, v. 80, no. 4, January-February 1997, pp. 184-189.

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