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Abstract

This Comment will address five questions which may arise as challenges to the Western District of Missouri's implementation of its ADR program. First, is the experimental program designed by the court likely to be predictive? That is, will the program be able to tell us whether cost and delay are being reduced by the ADR program? Second, is the program as implemented likely to reduce cost and delay? Third, does the Western District of Missouri have authority to impose mandatory ADR on litigants? Fourth, is the provision for mandatory ADR constitutionally sound? And fifth, assuming affirmative answers to these questions, does the General Order of the Western District of Missouri promote policy concerns?

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