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Bar News - June 20, 2008


Rule 170 Update Office of Mediation and Arbitration

From the Director, Karen Borgstrom:

Sign ups for the New Rule 170 program continue to be strong, and we are still accepting applications. We have received a total of 159 on the volunteer list, and 110 on the paid list from the existing Roster of ADR professionals. Some participants have signed up for both lists.

If you have already signed up to be part of the program, but you have not yet signed up for a free 8-hour refresher training program, please contact the Office of Mediation and Arbitration Ltroy@courts.state.nh.us to sign up. You will receive CLE credit for this training. Dates for the refresher trainings in Concord are as follows: October 15, November 19 or December 3, 2008.

For those of you who have not been a part of this program, we encourage you to check out our website and sign-up. You will need to participate in a 3-day, 20-hour training at a cost of $275.00 for which you will receive CLE credits. Dates/locations for the trainings are as follows:

Sept. 30, Oct. 1 & Oct. 3, 2008
PLACE: Federal Courthouse
TIME: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 27, Oct. 28 & Oct. 29, 2008
PLACE: Admin Office of the Courts
TIME: 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 9, Dec. 10 & Dec. 12, 2008
PLACE: Federal Courthouse
TIME: 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Please be sure to review the Rule (http://www.courts.state.nh.us/rules/sror/sror-h3-170.htm) adopted by the Supreme Court on a temporary basis and note the important changes to the program. The rostering fee to become a paid Rule 170 Neutral is $350.00, annually to support the Office of Mediation and Arbitration. Volunteers do not have to pay the rostering fee, but parties will be asked to pay $50.00 which also goes to support the Office of Mediation and Arbitration programs. (Courts have discretion to waive this fee for indigent parties)

Please go to the Judicial Branch website and click on the Office of Mediation and Arbitration for more information about the new program.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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