Mediation Program

Notice of Change to Compensation Policy (12/16/2014)
The compensation policy for Second District Mediators will change as of January 2, 2015.

For a decade now, the Second Appellate District has provided a mediation and settlement program with volunteers serving as settlement officers and/or mediators. Justices Fred Woods and Richard D. Aldrich spearheaded court-wide implementation of this program which was initially started by Justice Earl Johnson for Division Seven. The Second District, through collaborative efforts with the Los Angeles Superior Court and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, have created a way of providing and encouraging alternative dispute resolution for civil disputes on appeal.

Since the inception of the mediation program, over 2,200 cases have been mediated. The mediation program operates independently of the court, is completely confidential, and offered at little or no cost. Highly experienced, professionally trained individuals such as professional mediators, appellate specialists and retired jurists from a wide range of practices volunteer their services to the program. Click here for more information about the program.

What Every Lawyer Should Know about Appellate Settlement, article by Benjamin G. Shatz, certified specialist in Appellate Law in the Appellate Practice Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP


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