Brian R. Jerome Invited to Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution and the Process Steering Committee for Strategic Planning
As a Court Approved ADR Provider, MDRS, specifically our Director, Brian Jerome, was invited by the Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution and the Process Steering Committee for Strategic Planning to attend on May 9, 2013 in Worcester, Massachusetts a meeting on the broad Strategic Planning process underway for changes in the Trial Court. This meeting was to seek feedback from stakeholders and approved ADR providers about the Trial Court’s strategic plan for the future. An outside consulting firm has been retained to provide a comprehensive plan to the Trial Court on needed changes to improve their delivery of services effectively and efficiently to Court consumers.The provision of ADR services, the use of approved providers, pro bono providers and other groups, funding, and the prior success of, and need for improvements in, the Courts use of conciliation, mediation, arbitration and other ADR processes was discussed and input was provided by the ADR stakeholders present. Recommendations from the ADR providers present included the need for more early conciliation sessions, mandatory or presumptive conciliation and the need for the Judiciary, from the top down, to more effectively promote and direct cases to conciliation and other ADR processes. When the draft report is produced, MDRS will provide it to our clients and users.