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Minitrials involve a structured settlement process in which both parties present abbreviated summaries of their case before the other party and/or their representatives who have authority to settle the dispute. The summaries contain explicit data about the legal bases and the merits of the case. The process generally follows more relaxed rules for discovery and case presentation than might be found in a court, and the parties usually agree on specific limited periods of time for presentations and arguments.

Currently, we do not know of any Federal agencies which are using Minitrials as an ADR technique in the EEO process.