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    Mini-Trial

    The basic steps in conducting a mini-trial are:

    1. Determine whether a mini-trial is appropriate for a particular dispute.
    2. Obtain any needed corps management commitments.
    3. Approach the other parties to get their agreement to participate.
    4. Select management representatives for each organization.
    5. Select a neutral advisor.
    6. Develop a mini-trial agreement.
    7. Complete “discovery,” as defined in the mini-trial agreement.
    8. Exchange position papers.
    9. Hold a preliminary meeting between the neutral advisor and the management representatives.
    10. Conduct the mini-trial conference.
    11. Conduct negotiations following the conference.
    12. Document any agreements reached.

    Updated: July 24, 2018

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