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Macomb County Circuit Court 2014 Settlement Week

The Macomb County Circuit Court has announced plans to hold a “Settlement Week” on March 25, 26, and 27, 2014.  The goal of Settlement Week is to reduce the number of pending cases at the Circuit Court.  The Circuit Court last held a Settlement Week in 1993, and over 54% of the mediation sessions resulted in a settlement.

Non-complex civil cases which have completed and rejected case evaluation will be scheduled for 1 ½ hour mediation sessions during 2014 Settlement Week.  Attorneys (as well as individuals acting in pro per) will be notified that their case will be scheduled to participate in Settlement Week in early January.  The notice will include additional information concerning Settlement Week.  Attorneys and parties will subsequently receive a notice identifying their mediator and setting a specific time for their mediation session.  

Someone with settlement authority will be expected to attend the scheduled mediation session.  Visiting judges will be on hand to place settlements on the record.  If a case does not settle, the parties will be instructed to set a trial date at the conclusion of their mediation session.  Participation in Settlement Week will not have any effect on pending events in a given case.  Parties will still be expected to meet all deadlines and appear at all hearings scheduled in their case, even if a mediation session is set for Settlement Week. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Settlement Week, please contact John Nizol, Circuit Court Legal Services Director, at (586) 469-5159, or at john.nizol@macombgov.org

Settlement Week Volunteer Mediator Form - Download Form

Settlement week in Macomb County Circuit Court will take place on March 25, 26 and 27, 2014.  To maximize the success of this very important initiative, experienced mediators will be needed who would be willing to meet with the parties and their counsel to determine if a resolution of their dispute can be effectuated.  To be eligible, the volunteer mediators must have completed the SCAO required 40 hour training (preferable) or have significant experience as a mediator.  Your professional services as a mediator are being provided pro bono and will not be compensated.

Please indicate whether you have completed the SCAO mediation training and all required advanced training ___ (check if yes) or you have significant experience as a mediator and briefly describe that experience in the space provided below:

Conference rooms at the Macomb County Circuit Court will be made available for the mediation sessions.  If you are interested in volunteering as a mediator during Settlement Week, and have the required qualifications, please complete this form and return it to settlementweek@macombbar.org or fax it to 586-468-6926.  The completed application must be received by the close of business on December 18, 2013. 

Dates and times I will be available to volunteer (indicate all days and times you will be available):

March 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm.    ____    1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ____
March 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m   .____    1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ____
March 27, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   ____    1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ____
A wide variety of disputes will be assigned for resolution during settlement week.  However, if you believe you have training and experience in handling any of the specific types of disputes listed below, please so indicate.  Check all that are applicable:

CB       Partnership Terminations         ___                 
CH       Housing Real Estate                ___
CD       Employment Discrimination     ___                 
CK       Breach of Contract                  ___
CZ       General Civil                            ___                 
ND       Property Damage                    ___
NF       No Fault (First Party Benefits) ___                
NH       Medical Malpractice                ___
NI        Auto Neg – Personal Injury     ___                 
NM      Professional Malpractice         ___    
NO       Other Personal Injury             ___                 
NP       Products Liability                    ___
NZ       Other Damage Suits               ___                 
PD       Claim and Delivery                 ___
Name:              _______________________________
Address:           _______________________________
P Number:        _______________________________
E-mail:             _______________________________
Telephone:      _______________________________
Thank you for your time and talent and, if selected, you will be contacted by the Macomb County Circuit Court to advise you of your schedule and the cases that have been assigned to you for mediation.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rick Troy at 586-468-2940 ext. 100. 


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