This research brief describes work documented in Just, Speedy, and Inexpensive? An Evaluation of Judicial Case Management Under the Civil Justice Reform Act (MR-800-ICJ), Implementation of the Civil Justice Reform Act in Pilot and Comparison Districts (MR-801-ICJ), An Evaluation of Judicial Case Management Under the Civil Justice Reform Act (MR-802-ICJ) and An Evaluation of Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation Under the Civil Justice Reform Act (MR-803-ICJ).

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. In the late 1980s, several groups began formulating reform proposals. One of these — the Task Force on Civil Justice Reform, initiated by Senator Joseph Biden and convened by the Brookings Institution — produced a set of recommendations that ultimately led to legislation.

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