Warily, Federal Circuit Agrees To Try Mediation

Law360, New York (August 2, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reluctantly agreed to launch a pilot program for voluntary mediation, a step that moves the court closer to joining the ranks of every other federal appeals court in the U.S.

The pilot program will be monitored by a three-judge committee appointed by the chief judge and administered by a chief mediation officer, the court said.

In practical terms, the court’s involvement in the program will be limited, leaving the process to a roster of unpaid mediators...
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