28 U.S. Code § 472 - Development and implementation of a civil justice expense and delay reduction plan
Development and implementation of a civil justice expense and delay reduction plan
(b) The advisory group of a United Statesdistrict court shall submit to the court a report, which shall be made available to the public and which shall include—
the basis for its recommendation that the district court develop a plan or select a model plan;
an explanation of the manner in which the recommended plan complies with section 473 of this title.
(1) In developing its recommendations, the advisory group of a district court shall promptly complete a thorough assessment of the state of the court’s civil and criminal dockets. In performing the assessment for a district court, the advisory group shall—
identify trends in case filings and in the demands being placed on the court’s resources;
identify the principal causes of cost and delay in civil litigation, giving consideration to such potential causes as court procedures and the ways in which litigants and their attorneys approach and conduct litigation; and
examine the extent to which costs and delays could be reduced by a better assessment of the impact of new legislation on the courts.
The advisory group of a district court shall ensure that its recommended actions include significant contributions to be made by the court, the litigants, and the litigants’ attorneys toward reducing cost and delay and thereby facilitating access to the courts.
(d) The chief judge of the district court shall transmit a copy of the plan implemented in accordance with subsection (a) and the report prepared in accordance with subsection (b) of this section to—
the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts;
the judicial council of the circuit in which the district court is located; and
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