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June 21, 2018

Virginia’s Appellate Courts Announce Mediation Pilot Projects

Last week the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia announced that they would begin two-year mediation pilot projects beginning January 1, 2019. 

Mediation will be available in select civil cases where both parties are represented by attorneys and, in the Supreme Court, only in certain cases where a petition for appeal has been granted. In the Court of Appeals, mediation will be available in equitable distribution cases and/or related attorneys' fee disputes.

The pilot project is the result of a Special Committee to Study Appellate Mediation in Virginia, established in 2017 by the Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association – at the request of Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons. 

Read the full press release here. (pdf)

Updated: Jun 21, 2018