Bureaucratic Justice Meets ADR: The Emerging Role for Magistrates as Mediators

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Nebraska Law Review, Vol: 73, Issue: 3, Page: 5

Publication Year:
1994
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http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/nlr/vol73/iss3/5
Author(s):
Longan, Patrick E.
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I. IntroductionII. Obstacles to Unassisted Settlement ... A. Informational Needs ... 1. The Need for Convergent Expectations ... 2. Why Parties Need Assistance ... B. Procedural Needs ... 1. The Procedural Needs of the Parties ... a. Catharsis ... b. Deflation ... 2. The Procedural Needs of the LawyersIII. Three Types of Mediation Compared ... A. Referral Mediation ... 1. Meeting the Informational Needs of Settlement … a. How Referral Mediation Can Work ... b. How Referral Mediation Can Fail: False Convergence ... i. How False Convergence Happens ... ii. Why False Convergence Occurs ... 2. Meeting Procedural Needs with Referral Mediation ... a. How It Works ... b. Why Referral Mediation Is Inferior Procedurally ... B. Trial Judge Mediation ... 1. Meeting the Informational Needs of Settlement … a. Why Judges Are Better Than Lawyers ... b. Why It Is Worrisome: The Potential for Coercion ... 2. The Procedural Problems of Trial Judge Mediation ... a. Premature Decisionmaking ... b. Reluctance to Share Crucial Information ... C. Magistrate Mediation ... 1. Informational Role: Credible Convergence without Coercion ... a. Changes in the Magistrate's Role and Experience ... b. Changes in the Perception of the Magistrate … c. Lack of Incentive to Manipulate or Coerce ... 2. Magistrate Mediation and Procedural SatisfactionIV. The Uses of Judicial Time .... A. Trial Judges: Should They Spend Time in Mediation? ... 1. Trials and the Generation of Results ... 2. Trial Dates and the Generation of Settlements ... B. Magistrates: Do They Have Time for Mediation? ... 1. Criminal Jurisdiction ... 2. New Discovery Rules ... a. Mandatory Disclosure ... b. Depositions ... c. Discovery Conferences ... 3. Processing Prisoner CasesV. Conclusion