Dispute Resolution (ADR):
Alternative dispute resolution means the process of resolving matters in
pending litigation through a settlement conference, neutral case evaluation,
neutral fact finding, arbitration, mediation other non-judicial dispute
resolution process, or combination of those processes. Rule 17-102(a).
Mediation means a process in which the parties work with one or more impartial
mediators who, without providing legal advice, assist the parties in
reaching their own voluntary agreement for the resolution of the dispute
or issues in the dispute. Rule 17-102 (d).
Conference Facilitation (SCF):
Settlement Conference is a conference at which the parties, their attorneys,
or both appear before an impartial person to discuss the issues and positions
of the parties in the action in an attempt to resolve the dispute or issues
in the dispute by agreement or by means other than trial. A settlement
conference may include neutral case evaluation, neutral fact-finding, and
the impartial person may recommend the terms of an agreement. The impartial
person facilitating a settlement conference as described herein is not
engaging in the practice of law. Rule 17-102(h).
Neutral Case Evaluation is a process in which (1) the parties, their attorneys,
or both appears before an impartial person and present in summary fashion
the evidence and arguments supporting their respective positions, and (2)
the impartial person renders an evaluation of their positions and an opinion
as to the likely outcome of the dispute or issues in the dispute in the event the
action is tried.
Neutral fact-finding means a process in which (1) the parties, their attorneys,
or both appear before an impartial person and present evidence and arguments
supporting their respective positions as to particular disputed factual
issues, and (2) the impartial person makes findings of fact as to those
issues. Unless the parties otherwise agree in writing, those findings are
Arbitration means a process in which (1) the parties appear before one
or more impartial arbitrators and present evidence and argument supporting
their respective positions, and (2) the arbitrators render a decision
in the form of an award that is not binding, unless the parties agree
otherwise in writing. Arbitration is not offered on behalf of the District
Court of Maryland ADR Office.