Bar News - November 23, 2007
New Rule 170 Provisions Released
In an effort to acquaint NH Bar members with the newly revised Rule 170 program, the Judicial Branch is sending out a letter to mediators clarifying the changes. The program will now combine the courtís already successful volunteer efforts with a new feature that will allow ADR professionals to be paid a fair market rate for their services in certain appropriate cases. By so doing, the Judicial Branch hopes to generate the financial resources it needs to make mediation/arbitration more accessible and affordable to New Hampshireís citizens. For a fee of $350, ADR professionals can be on the courtís roster list of those qualified to be selected by litigants who want to hire a paid professional.
For more than a year, a committee chaired by Senior Associate Supreme Court Justice Linda S. Dalianis and comprised of judges and lawyers, has extensively reviewed the Rule 170 program. During the past several months, many other professionals, including Superior Court judges and clerks, Bar Association officers, members of the Board of Governors, ADR Section members, officers of the Trial Lawyers Association and the Committee on Cooperation with the Courts, have given their suggestions. The development of the new plan followed extensive review and discussion by these many interested parties.
To find the full text of the letter and further pertinent information on the Rule 170 program, please click here.