Year started: 2017
Neutrals: Retired judges or members in good standing of the Illinois Bar with at least 8 years of trial experience, who have completed a mediation training program approved by the Chief Judge of the 20th Circuit and have no pending ARDC and JIB sanctions.
Eligibility: Civil actions seeking claims exclusively for money damages above $50,000 pending in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of St. Clair County.
Free Mediation Services Available?: Yes
The 20th Circuit Court-Annexed Mediation Program in St. Clair County was established in 2017. The program is governed by the Local Court Rule Part 9 and Illinois Supreme Court Rule 99.
All civil actions seeking claims exclusively for money damages above $50,000 in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of St. Clair County are eligible for this program. All eligible complaints must identify that the case is eligible for court-annexed mediation. Once the parties are referred to mediation, they will select a mediator from a list of court-certified mediators. If parties cannot agree on a mediator, the presiding judge will appoint a mediator from the court-certified mediator list. The presiding judge may decide to appoint a non-certified mediator who is a licensed attorney if the attorney has specialized qualifications, through training or experience, to mediate issues in the particular case.
The first mediation session must be held within 60 days of referral. Ten days before the first session, each party must submit a written summary of the case to the mediator. All parties necessary to facilitate a settlement must be present at each mediation session. If a party fails to appear at mediation without good cause, the court may impose sanctions.
Mediation must be completed within 90 days of the first mediation session. Once parties reach an agreement, the agreement must be captured in writing and signed by the parties. The agreement must then be filed with the court and the case's mediator must also file a Mediator Report with the court. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the mediator will file a Memorandum of No Agreement along with a Mediator Report with the court.
Mediators of the program are either attorneys or retired judges who have completed mediation training. All mediators must have either at least 8 years of trial experience or be retired judges. Additionally, mediators may not have any pending Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission or Judicial Inquiry Board sanctions.
Illinois 20th Judicial Circuit . Jan. 1, 2019
Resource Type: Rules - Court
Abstract: The local rules for Illinois' 20th Judicial Circuit serving Monroe, Perry, St. Clair, Randolph, and Washington counties.
Part 7: Mandatory Arbitration: These rules govern the circuit's Mandatory Arbitration Program. The rules cover administration, ...
Mary BernekingCourt Administrator
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