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The Southern District will hold a public forum Tuesday on its pilot program aimed at speeding settlement of civil rights actions alleging police misconduct. The program, launched in 2011, was born of frustration with the time it takes to litigate cases under 42 U.S.C. §1983. It is designed to encourage, and in some situations mandate, mediation or settlement talks before magistrates in cases involving excessive force, false arrest or malicious prosecution (NYLJ, June 28, 2011).

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