The term “specialty courts” can be defined very broadly to include all kinds of civil and criminal courts that have been established to deal with a specific type of case of a specific problem. While these courts many not always be a separate court, they can involve a separate docket or calendar, and include such issues as complex litigation, tax issues, environmental issues, or court accessibility issues.
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This article provides an update on the North Carolina Business Court which was first established in 1996.
This paper presented at the Business Bar Leaders Conference sponsored by the American Bar Association provides a history of business courts and an update on current status.
This article offers an exploratory comparison of the tax-case decision making process of the United States Tax Court and the United States District Courts and using data from 1996 and 1997, examines the differences in decision making of these courts, specifically focusing on expertise and ideology.
This article covers the NCSC's evaluation of the California Complex Litigation Program. It traces the improvements in the three years since the program's inception and provides guidelines for future improvement and evaluation.
This pilot program required a report evaluating the effectiveness of the program, including the number of complex cases filed, the impact of the pilot program on case and calendar management, and their impact on the trial courts, the attorneys, and the parties.
This issue addresses commercial courts, business courts, and complex litigation centers that are manifestations of a new trend toward court specialization.