Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Alternative Dispute Resolution


Effective January 1, 2018, Superior Court adopts a new Civil Rule of Procedure 16.1. This mandatory non-binding arbitration rule addresses previously identified issues. In this new rule, the lawyers are charged with meeting the deadlines and in running the arbitration process. See, e.g., Civil Rule 16.1(d)-(f). More importantly, the arbitration process does not interfere with the issuance of a case scheduling order. See Civil Rule 16.1(h).

Arbitration Rule 16.1 - The Comeback

    Additionally, on Friday, December 15, 2017, the Vincent A. Bifferato Superior Court Trial Practice Forum will present an overview of Superior Court Rule 16.1 Mandatory Non-Binding Arbitration. The overview will be presented by an experienced panel, including a Judge from the Superior Court and a Judge from the Court of Common Pleas. The panel will cover the basics of Superior Court's revived and improved Rule 16.1 Mandatory Non-Binding Arbitration, as well as, practice pointers and possible pitfalls. In addition, the panel will address Court of Common Pleas proceedings, including the Special Election and Expedited Docket (aka the SPEED Docket), which are another option available to practitioners seeking swift relief. The panel will respond to questions from the audience during the Forum.

    Panel: The Honorable Eric M. Davis, The Honorable Sheldon K. Rennie, Beth Christman, Esq., Joseph Rhoades, Esq., Suzanne Holly, Esq., and Ian Liston, Esq.

    WHEN: Friday, December 15, 2017 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Jury Service, Leonard L. Williams Justice Center, 500 N. King Street

    CLE: 2.0 hours

    Cost: FREE

    Reference Material: Arbitration Guidelines