phone calls between January and October 2021, and 1,645 e-mails inquiring about ADR services between August 2020 and October 2021. In January 2021, a new four-part video series on mediation was developed by the Access to Justice Department and MACRO, then approved by the ADR Committee. MACRO also launched new online ADR evaluation survey tools for both circuit and the District Court that provide a user-friendly method for collecting data about the outcomes and participant satisfaction for both online and in-person mediation. MACRO worked with Judicial Information Systems to implement a new MDEC ADR tab for ADR case management and data collection. Additionally, the ADR in the Rules Subcommittee drafted proposed new rules to provide for a centralized online circuit court ADR practitioner application process.
At the suggestion of ADR Subcommittee member Judge Eric John Nee, District Court in Montgomery County, and with the support of Administrative Judge Sherri D. Koch, District Court in Montgomery County, the ADR Office initiated a
“We are pleased the pilot was successful and benefited all parties involved,” said Judge Eric John Nee. “There is flexibility in scheduling these mediations as well as choosing what rules will be applied with this program.” Administrative Judge Koch noted, “It was a win-win for all involved and for us to implement the pilot.” She continued, “We were happy to take on the pilot program and it has proven its worth.”
Pre-trial Remote Peace Order Mediation Pilot Program for Montgomery County, to provide participating parties with an opportunity to resolve the conflict underlying peace orders.
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