This research brief describes work documented in Preliminary Observations on Implementation of the Pilot Program of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 (RP-361).

Excerpt: The Civil Justice Reform Act (CJRA) of 1990 is rooted in more than a decade of concern that cases in federal courts take too long and cost litigants too much. As a consequence, proponents of reform argue, some individuals are denied access to justice. In the late 1980s, several groups, including the Federal Courts Study Committee and the Council on Competitiveness, began formulating reform proposals. One of these — the Task Force on Civil Justice Reform — initiated by Senator Joseph Biden, convened by the Brookings Institution, and assisted technically by staff from the Institute for Civil Justice (ICJ), produced a set of recommendations that ultimately took the form of legislation.

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