About Us

Victoria Pynchon

As the co-founder of She Negotiates Consulting and Training, I offer my services as a keynote speaker, trainer and consultant....

She Mediates

ADR Services, Inc.

She Negotiates

She Negotiates

The 33 cent wage and income gap is unacceptable and unnecessary. So is the cliché glass ceiling. Bottom line, our...

In Stunning Move, Los Angeles Courts Abolish Mediation Programs

 

Finally, all court-run ADR programs - the free mediation services that settle thousands of lawsuits every year - will be shut down.
The Court concludes its announcement of local justice-carnage by "encouraging" (read: begging) Los Angeles County lawyers to make fewer motions and pursue alternative dispute resolution processes (mediation, arbitration) in the private market.
Private mediation in Los Angeles runs anywhere between $150 and $2,000 an hour, meaning that those with the fewest resources will be hardest hit by the Court cut-backs.
No surprise there. Commercial cases of the type I litigated for more than two decades will still have the Complex Court judges to turn to - a judicial nirvana where Judges are permitted to suspend picky procedural rules that impede the lawyers' ability to get their cases tried by a jury - the threat of a jury trial being the primary motivation for the voluntary resolution of corporate disputes burdened with justice issues.
Back in the 1980s when my own father was presiding over the master trial calendar in the L.A. Superior Court, he routinely issued waivers of the State's civil "failure to prosecute" law that required all cases to be tried within five years of the date of their filing.
Court reform followed, assigning cases to individual judges who were responsible for moving cases to trial within one and at most two years. The seemingly intractable justice problem quickly resolved. As a litigator and trial lawyer, and later a "panel" mediator in the Los Angeles Superior Court for thirty years, I can say with some authority that  cuts of this magnitude could quite easily, and quickly, bring the wheels of justice in Los Angeles County to a grinding halt.
Every local small business and resident should be concerned and every State Legislator poised to commit more of the State's resources to resolving disputes under the rule of law because chaos follows the deterioration of a functioning justice system.

In response to brutal budget cuts, the Los Angeles Superior Court is going on life-support at the same time as it abolishes programs that would make the delivery of justice faster, cheaper and more efficient.

Most startling of all court service cuts is the total shut down of all court-run ADR programs - including the free mediation services that settle thousands of lawsuits every year.

In an announcement posted on line at the end of November, the Court concluded its list of budget casualties by "encouraging" (read: begging) L.A. County lawyers to make fewer motions and pursue alternative dispute resolution processes (mediation, arbitration) in the private market.

Private mediation in Los Angeles runs anywhere between $150 and $2,000 an hour, meaning that those with the fewest resources will be hardest hit by the Court cut-backs.

Back in the 1980s when my own father was presiding over the master trial calendar in the L.A. Superior Court, he routinely issued waivers of the State's civil "failure to prosecute" law that required all cases to be tried within five years of the date of their filing.

Court reform followed, assigning cases to individual judges who were responsible for moving cases to trial within one and at most two years. The seemingly intractable justice problem quickly resolved. As a litigator and trial lawyer, and later a "panel" mediator in the Los Angeles Superior Court for thirty years, I can say with some authority that cuts of this magnitude could quite easily, and quickly, bring the wheels of justice in Los Angeles County to a grinding halt.

Every local small business and resident should be concerned and every State Legislator poised to commit more of the State's resources to resolving disputes under the rule of law because chaos follows the deterioration of a functioning justice system.

For a complete list of budget cut-backs, see today's post at Forbes, Public Justice Nears Collapse in Wake of California Budget Cuts.

 

Comments (5)

Read through and enter the discussion by using the form at the end
Dave Hilton - December 6, 2012 6:06 AM

Does LA County have non-profit community dispute resolution centers or other programs to provide mediation services? We have DRC's all over the state of Texas- but, unfortunately, I'm not familiar with any in California or LA.

Christopher G. Hill - December 20, 2012 7:43 AM

This is crazy. Don't they realize that mediation actually saves resources by allowing the judicial system to clear dockets more quickly?

Lisa Nelson - January 6, 2013 8:00 PM

That is very unfortunate and seemingly shortsighted. I hope that perhaps it presents opportunities for new mediation organizations that offer low cost or sliding-fee mediation.

Orange County Mediators - January 28, 2013 9:23 PM

Superb blog. Truly great read for me. I liked it very much. Thanks.

Max Kennerly - May 8, 2013 5:18 AM

Talk about "penny wise, pound foolish." Ditch the ADR and you'll just end up with a lot more work for the courts to do with all those unresolved cases.

Post a comment

Fill out this form to add a comment to the discussion
I'd like to leave a comment. is
,
is
,
is
is
  • 4media dvd ripper standard 5
  • adobe audition cs5.5 mac
  • adobe creative suite 4 web premium mac
  • autodesk building design suite ultimate 2012
  • techsmith camtasia studio 7
  • adobe flash builder 4.7 premium
  • adobe photoshop cs5 mac
  • corel wordperfect office x4 standard
  • adobe creative suite 6 production premium student and teacher edition
  • visual studio 2010 premium
  • autodesk maya 2013
  • nuance pdf converter professional 5
  • adobe cs6 production premium student and teacher edition mac
  • autodesk autocad electrical 2011
  • autodesk autocad map 3d 2009
  • pitney bowes mapinfo professional 11.5
  • adobe cs6 design standard student and teacher edition mac
  • infinite skills - learning bootstrap 2 mac
  • daz bryce 5.5
  • thegrideon access password professional 2.0
  • adobe flash professional cs5.5
  • autodesk navisworks manage 2009
  • microangelo toolset 6
  • autodesk alias design 2012 mac
  • parallels desktop 9 mac
  • futuremark 3dmark 05 pro
  • filemaker pro 11 advanced
  • adobe dreamweaver cc mac
  • infinite skills - advanced html5 training
  • autodesk autocad 2011 mac
  • excel 2010 all-in-one for dummies
  • adobe photoshop cs3 photographers guide
  • quarkxpress 10
  • camtasia studio 8
  • apple mac os x 10.8 mountain lion