MACRO is the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office. Our mission is to promote the availability, use, and quality of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) throughout Maryland.
New Standards of Conduct for ADR Practitioners
The Court of Appeals of Maryland has adopted new Standards of Conduct for Court-Designated Mediators, effective January 1, 2020. These standards are applicable when a court refers all or part of a civil action or proceeding to mediation pursuant to the Maryland Rules. The same standards have also been adopted by the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence for mediations other than civil court-referred mediations, and these standards will be known as the Maryland Standards of Conduct for Mediators, effective January 1, 2020.
The Court of Appeals has also adopted Standards of Conduct for Court-Designated Arbitrators, Fact Finders, Neutral Evaluators, and Settlement Conference Practitioners, effective January 1, 2020.
See also the Rules Order of the Court of Appeals approving changes to the Maryland Rules, Title 17, specifically 17-205, 17-206, 17-304, 17-405, 17-603, filed November 19, 2019, referencing the new standards of conduct at: https://mdcourts.gov/sites/default/files/rules/order/ro201.pdf. The changes to the Rules provide for the new standards of conduct applicable to court-designated mediators to be posted on the Maryland Judiciary website.
The Administrative Orders of the Court of Appeals approving the Standards of Conduct for Court Designated Mediators, effective January 1, 2020, and the Standards of Conduct for Court Designated Arbitrators, Fact Finders, Neutral Evaluators, Settlement Conference Practitioners, effective January 1, 2020, can be found at https://mdcourts.gov/adminorders.