This research brief describes work documented in Escaping the Courthouse: Private Alternative Dispute Resolution in Los Angeles (MR-472-JRHD/ICJ).

Excerpt: Crowded courts and escalating litigation costs are fueling demand for private alternatives to courts. But not everyone thinks that the burgeoning market in private courts and private judges is desirable. Supporters say private justice will reduce the court workload and provide faster resolution of disputes. Opponents argue that opportunities for higher incomes in the private sector may strip the bench of talent, that disputants may receive seriously flawed justice, and that business incentives may result in special outcomes for special customers.

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