University of Denver

Managing Toward the Goals of Rule 1

Federal Courts Law Review, Vol. 2009, No. 2
Founding Executive Director
Professor of Law, New England Law | Boston

Two new studies may help federal judges better achieve the objectives of Rule 1 of the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure—a “just, speedy, and inexpensive” resolution of civil cases.

The first study stems from an examination of the dockets of nearly 8,000 closed federal civil cases, with the goal of identifying the areas of pretrial activity that are most closely associated with faster or slower times to disposition. The second study is a survey of nearly 1,500 Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, seeking their perceptions of and experience with the pretrial process.