Maryland Judiciary’s new appellate mediation program ranks among top in nation
Peter B. Krauser
Although it’s one of the youngest in the nation, Maryland’s fledgling appellate mediation program ranks among the top three in the United States. That’s the conclusion of an independent report by C-DRUM, the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland law school.
The Court of Special Appeals mediation staff gathered information from state appellate mediation programs and asked C-DRUM to independently analyze the data.
In its report issued in September 2012, C-DRUM noted, “in two short years, Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals has developed a robust appellate mediation program that maintains a settlement rate above the national average and, based upon settlement rates, is among the top ten programs in the nation.” The report also noted that Maryland’s appellate mediation program ranks third when compared to similar programs that conduct more than 100 mediations per year and are less than five years old.
“This program benefits all Marylanders by improving outcomes, increasing the Court’s efficiency, reducing the time and cost involved in lengthy appeals and, in general, improving access to justice.” said Chief Judge Peter B. Krauser of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. “Likewise, it helps individual litigants by providing them with the opportunity to devise solutions of their own accord. Because parties in mediation determine the future of their own controversy, mediated agreements have shown to be more sustainable than court-mandated resolutions.”
The Court of Special Appeals ADR Division website has more information, details about how the mediation process works, and links to the C-DRUM report, as well as forms and a brochure that people can print:
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ADR Office Includes
(left to right):Jay B. Knight, Tara Lehner, Mala Malhotra-Ortiz,
and Holly Slack
PHOTO LYNNE SADLER, MARYLAND JUDICIARY