The Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District launched the Appellate Mediation Program in October 2006 to speed case resolution and to reduce costs to the litigants and the court. Modeled after programs in the First and Fourth Appellate Districts, this program also provides facilities for mediation conferences and offers support staff to assist mediators and the parties.
The program, however, differs in that mediation is mandatory and the process begins immediately with the filing of the notice of appeal. Pursuant to Local Rule 1 of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, any civil appeal lodged with the Court is subject to review for placement in mandatory mediation and the California Rules of Court governing the preparation of the appellate record are suspended pending review of the appeal for amenability to appellate mediation.
Local Rule 1 of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, is the governing rule under which the Mediation Program was enacted, is now conducted, and is the rule that provides authority for the Mediation Program, by Court order, to mandate a stay of preparation of the appellate record, dictate who must attend and participate in this Court’s mediation of any civil appeal deemed suitable for mediation, and the imposition of sanctions for failure of any identified participant to observe the commands of the Court’s order and Local Rule 1. Local Rule 1 can be found under “Forms & Rules” on this website.
BECOMING A MEDIATOR:
MEDIATOR TRAINING NOTICE:
MEDIATOR PANEL APPLICATION:
For more information on the mediation program, click a link to scroll to the relevant section below.
NOTE: MAIL OR FAX THIS APPLICATION WITH YOUR RÉSUMÉ AND ANY OTHER ATTACHMENTS TO:
Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District
Appellate Mediation Program
Rene T. Ackerman, Mediation Coordinator
2890 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone (916) 643-7084
Fax (916) 641-6527
Abandonment of Appeal (Unlimited Civil Case) Form (APP-005)
Appellant’s Civil Appeal Mediation Statement
Request for Dismissal of Appeal (Civil Case) Form (APP-007)
Respondent’s Civil Appeal Mediation Statement