I mentioned in my Local Rule - Shelby County: ADR (Mediation) in Domestic Relations that the Madison County judges were considering mediation. We now have this Local Rule:
What is not known is how mediation will be implemented - at this time it is by paying a private mediator their market rate.LR48-AR00-10 BENCH TRIAL AND MEDIATION
All bench trials expected to last a full day or more shall be referred to mediation unless for good cause shown.
Here is what I know as last week:
- There has been no decision.
- Judge Carroll has long favored mediation.
- I delivered to the Unified Courts' Court Administrator a month or two ago, the documents used by the Delaware County Circuit Courts. (I wrote about the Delaware County program in Delaware County's Mediation Program - A good idea from Muncie).
- Judge Carroll was completely unaware of the Delaware County program or that the Court Administrator's office had the Delaware County documents.
The general public probably thinks our judges will consult with the Madison County Bar Association before implementing such a program. In my experience, they will not.
Nor will the general public be consulted about a change in procedure that will increase the cost of any litigation in this county.
If you are a resident of Madison County or will be practicing in our courts, I suggest using the telephone numbers below to let your views be known.
|Circuit Court ||(765) 641-9436 |
| ||Superior Court 1 ||(765) 641-9622 ||Judge Carroll |
| ||Superior Court 2 ||(765) 641-9627 ||Judge Pancol |
| ||Superior Court 3 ||(765) 641-9632 ||Judge Newman Jr |
| ||Superior Court 4 ||(765) 641-9490 ||Judge Happe |
| ||Superior Court 5 ||(765) 641-9497 ||Judge Clem |
| ||Court Administration ||(765) 641-9503 ||James Hunter|