Mediation / ADR
Counsel should be prepared to address ADR issues with the assigned judge at the initial scheduling conference. The various Alternative Dispute Resolution processes which may be utilized in business and technology cases are defined in Maryland Rule 17-102.
Mediation is an informal and confidential process in which the parties, counsel and any representatives work with an impartial mediator to assists in reaching an agreement for the resolution of all or part of a dispute. Mediators do not give legal advice, render judgments or force any participant to reach an agreement. Mediation provides people with the opportunity to participate in the outcome of their dispute. Studies indicate that when a case is referred to mediation, the parties and the courts save both time and money. Often, cases resolved through mediation spend less time in the court system and involve fewer discovery motions.
The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) maintains a roster of mediators who have met the qualifications of Maryland Rule 17-104 for the Business and Technology Case Management Program. Roster of Court Approved: Business and Technology Mediators. Mediators who believe that they meet the qualifications for this program can obtain a application. Completed applications are to be submitted to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Maryland Judicial Center, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. If you have any questions about mediation, please contact: Ronna K. Jablow, Esq. ADR Director Circuit Court for Baltimore City 111 N. Calvert Street Room 248 Baltimore, MD 21202 tel. (410) 396-7374 fax. (410) 396-7378 Email: Ronna.Jablow@courts.state.md.uss