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Welcome from the Honorable Patricia E. Campbell-Smith, Chief Judge

Greetings. On behalf of the United States Court of Federal Claims, welcome to our website.

I would like to direct your attention to the amendments to the Rules of the United States Court of Federal Claims, effective August 1, 2016, and specifically to the changes to Appendix H, “Procedure for Alternative Dispute Resolution.” The changes to the court’s alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures began as a 2015 proposal from the court’s Advisory Council, which recommended ending the court’s longstanding ADR Automatic Referral Program and replacing it with a more flexible procedure to be controlled in each case by the parties and the assigned judge. After conducting a survey of bar members and researching the use of ADR in other federal courts, the Advisory Council proposed the program you see today in Appendix H. Read more

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