ADR and the Courts. A Manual for Judges and Lawyers by Erika S. Fine

By Erika S. Fine

ADR handbook for Judges and legal professionals.

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Id. 42 ADR and the Courts given their investment of time and effort to that point. Perhaps most important, attorneys, like their clients, tended to feel that the outcome of arbitration was not improperly influenced by the arbitrators' background or unfairly affected by the procedure itself, even though they might believe that they would obtain a more favorable verdict at trial. IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURTS Most of the experience with court-annexed arbitration to date has been in the state trial courts.

There is a similarity between the "eve of trial" and the eve of the mediation hearing. A second reason is, of course, to settle cases that might not settle without the intervention of the court. These frequently include cases involving difficulties in evaluation, even for skilled counsel, and those in which emotions play the larger role. Many lawyers believe that some mediation panels simply assign a value to the case, rather than deciding for or against an individual party. Not all panels do this; the methodology employed depends on the lawyers on the panel.

H. Conclusion of Hearing. When the parties state that they have no further exhibits or witnesses to offer, the arbitrator shall declare the hearing closed. Counsel may make oral argument, but the filing of posthearing briefs will ordinarily not be permitted. If the arbitrator decides to accept briefs, such briefs must be filed with the Private Adjudication Center and served upon the arbitrator and other parties within 14 days or less, as determined by the arbitrator. i. Sanctions for Failure to Proceed.

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