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Title: Simple Justice - How Litigants Fare in the Pittsburgh Court Arbitration Program
Author(s): J W Adler; D R Hensler; C E Nelson
Corporate Author: Rand Corporation
The Institute for Civil Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 173
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Rand Corporation
Santa Monica, CA 90406
Rand Corporation
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
Publication Number: R-3071-ICJ
Sale Source: Rand Corporation
1776 Main Street
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Pittsburgh court-based arbitration program achieves efficient outcomes for the court and for litigants though plaintiff determination of case eligibility, a centralized hearing process, minimal requirements for arbitrator appointment, and a shared commitment to delivering its form of justice efficiently.
Abstract: In 1982, the Pittsburgh program was responsible for about 64 percent of all civil case dispositions in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, with costs per case less than 10 percent of the cost of processing cases through the regular trial division. About half the cases are resolved without a hearing. Litigants using the program represent a cross-section of the metropolitan population. The program does not appear to encourage the filing of frivolous claims. For most litigants, the major cost was attorney fees of $200 to $300. Litigants spent no more than $50 on other legal costs and spent about 1.5 days in arbitration. Over 80 percent found the hearings fair, even among the losers. Sources of dissatisfaction are the long waits resulting from the single-session calendar-call approach to scheduling each day's hearings and the use of arbitration as an appeal mechanism for the lower court. Tabular data, footnotes, 17 references, and appendixes presenting the data collection forms and related materials are supplied.
Index Term(s): Court-administered arbitration; Pennsylvania; Program evaluation; Services effectiveness
Note: Rand Publication Series
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