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Federal Judicial Center Enhancing Efforts to Coordinate Best Workplace Practices Across the Judiciary (In Progress)

Federal Judicial Center, FJC, Judiciary


The Federal Judicial Center (FJC or the Center) is the research and education agency of the judicial branch of the United States Government. The Center supports the efficient, effective administration of justice and judicial independence. Its status as a separate agency within the judicial branch, its specific missions, and its specialized expertise enable it to pursue and encourage critical and careful examination of ways to improve judicial administration. The Center has no policy making or enforcement authority; its role is to provide accurate, objective information and education and to encourage thorough and candid analysis of policies, practices, and procedures.


Pursuant to Congressional directive, the FJC partnered with the Academy for assistance with four FJC research efforts and to coordinate best workplace practices across the judiciary. This study will:

• Assess how the Model Employment Dispute Resolution (EDR) plans have been implemented in the courts and employing units.

• Assess how informal advice, assisted resolution, and formal complaint processes are working, and consider what type of information about their use ought to be collected and reported, balancing concerns about program effectiveness, confidentiality, and assessment.

• Assess the nature and level of educational and outreach efforts.

• Assess the use of and local court of appeals, district, and bankruptcy court websites to provide workplace information to the public and to employees; assess if the provided information is complete, helpful, and accessible.

The Academy has appointed a five-member Panel of Fellows to oversee and guide the NAPA Study Team’s work on this project. Information on the Panel of Fellows and Study Team is provided on the next page. This study will be completed by May 31, 2024.

Click the button below to view the Project Overview.

Project Overview


If you have any questions or comments regarding the study, please contact, Brenna Isman, Director of Academy Studies (

Study Fellows