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2003 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 599-0319

  JUNE 30, 2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Louisiana Supreme Court has approved an appellate Pilot Mediation Program proposed by the First Circuit Court of Appeal. The Court will fund the one-year program designed to resolve disputes as early in the appellate process as possible and participation in the mediation program will be at no cost to the parties.

"This pilot mediation program will aid the First Circuit Court of Appeal by resolving cases in a timely fashion which will ultimately benefit the attorneys, litigants, judicial system and society at large. Having served as a mediator before becoming a judge, I have seen firsthand that mediation is an effective tool in dispute resolution," said Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John L. Weimer.

Participation in the mediation program is completely voluntary. If all parties agree to mediation, mediation will take place within 60 days of the agreement to participate. Mediations will take place only in those cases where all parties agree to participate.

According to First Circuit Court of Appeal Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter, "Confidentiality is an important component of the program. All material received by the mediation program will be maintained separate and apart from the regular court records and will not be accessible to members of the court and will only be available to the mediators and staff assigned to administer the program. The judges of the First Circuit will not be advised which cases have been selected for the program and whether or not the parties elect to participate."

The state court appellate Pilot Mediation Program adopted by the First Circuit Court of Appeal was modeled after the federal court mediation program which has been successfully in operation at the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans since 1996.

For more information on the First Circuit Court of Appeal Pilot Mediation Program contact Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter at (225) 222-4171, Judge Page McClendon at (985) 624-3310, or Clerk of Court Chris Crow at (225) 342-1500.

 

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