Mandatory Mediation? Good or Bad Idea- Share your thoughts!

Just a reminder that if anyone wants to submit their thoughts, tomorrow is the closing period for comments. Regardless of your view, like voting, it should be shared. The email

Here is the direct link (a PDF file) explaining how to send comments as well as the proposal:

Below is a recent article on the proposal, I looked for another to present a neutral or positive view too but couldn't find any.

From the proposal:

  • The parties will be given flexibility to select their own mediator or request once from the Commercial Division's roster of neutrals.
  • The proposal, if approved, will last only for 18 months so it can be reviewed. 
  • Mediation must be complete within 180 days of assignment to a Commercial Division Justice
Are you a mediator and want to join the roster of neutrals?  Here's the application:

From the application:
  • Requirements: have at least 10 years of experiences a practitioner of commercial law or, for accountants or business, an equivalent level of experience, and meet training and experience requirements of Part 146
  • Mediations proceed for four hours without charge to the parties.
Here's my thoughts:

According to the document, the purpose of the pilot is to continue to make "New York a desirable place to conduct business and the Commercial Division as a forum that will facilitate the cost-effective solution of their disputes."  Why should this cost-effective measure include four free hours?  What other profession provides four hours of free service?

I wonder, does the court require any other profession to work their first four hours for free? This reminds me of the Global Pound Conference talking about the state of mediation- is it a profession or a mainly a volunteer corps? 



Mediation Mandatory? Not Everyone Thinks It's A Good Idea

(via ADRhub,com) Before everyone starts celebrating the news about the new mediation program in Manhattan, here's another viewpoint that is worth reading:
(Wall Street Journal Law Blog/Jacob Gershman) New York State’s court system is poised to launch a pilot program in Manhattan Supreme Court that would require that every fifth case assigned to judges in its commercial division go to mediation.
The plan —  first floated by a judicial task force in 2012  – could help lighten the caseload of a court system under tough budgetary pressure. The Manhattan Supreme Court carries a particularly heavy docket, especially within its commercial division.
Jeff Kichaven, a Los Angeles-based mediator who handles cases in New York and other states, said the rule would make litigation more expensive, and urged the court office to scrap the whole idea. He says he’s worried about the cost of litigation under such a program, as well as its coercive nature. “These mediations will be a burden to everyone involved (except maybe the judge),” he wrote.

Read the full article from the Wall Street Journal Law Blog [HERE].

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