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Alternative Dispute Resolution

     1.     Case evaluation: The Court encourages the parties to participate in case evaluation and follows E.D. Mich. LR 16.3. Attorneys must file a stipulation to participate in case evaluation form before the case manager can arrange for it to be scheduled. Stipulations must state that the parties agree to be bound by all of the provisions of Mich. Ct. R. 2.403, including the provisions regarding sanctions. Referral to case evaluation panel will be made at the end of discovery. It is the responsibility of the attorneys to make sure that case evaluation is completed before the final pretrial conference.

     2.     Facilitation: This process, sometimes referred to as facilitative mediation, is a very effective method for case resolution and strongly encouraged. An experienced facilitator should be employed. This process can be used at any time during the litigation, but is most beneficial after the majority of the discovery is completed and before dispostive motions are filed. The parties may arrange for facilitation without contacting chambers.

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