Prior to the release of issue papers in 1998-95, a series of preliminary background papers were produced in 1996:
- Review of the Adversarial System of Litigation: An Introduction to the Inquiry (Introductory Pamphlet 1);
- Federal Jurisdiction (BP 1);
- Alternative or Assisted Dispute Resolution (BP 2);
- Judicial and Case Management (BP 3);
- The Unrepresented Party (BP 4); and
- Civil Litigation Practice and Procedure (BP 5).