The Western District of Michigan is taking comments on a proposed local court rule amendment that would eliminate court-annexed arbitration as a means of alternative dispute resolution.
Administrative Order No. 12-028 explains:
[T]his Court hereby gives notice of its consideration of amendments to Local Civil Rule 16, to eliminate reference to court-annexed arbitration.
The Court’s experience with alternative means of dispute resolution in this district shows that attorneys and clients rarely resort to court-annexed arbitration, as they prefer other methods of dispute resolution, especially voluntary facilitative mediation.
After consulting with this Court’s Standing VFM/ADR Advisory Committee, the Court has concluded that court-annexed arbitration should no longer be offered as a method of alternative dispute resolution in this district.
Send comments by April 23 to:
Tracey Cordes, Clerk
United States District Court
399 Ford Federal Building
110 Michigan, N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The court will act on the matter at its June 2012 meeting.