Talk about timing! Today, the South Carolina Supreme Court adopted a Pilot Program for Voluntary Mediation in workers’ compensation appeals.
|Post by Suzy Boulware Cole|
Just yesterday, I posted about the possibility of South Carolina adopting mandatory mediation in workers’ compensation cases. As you can read in my post, the topic has been bandied about in legal circles for a while now, and more and more workers’ compensation lawyers have become approved mediators.
Here are the basics of this just announced pilot program:
- This Pilot Mediation Program may be implemented by the Court of Appeals.
- The program has the support of the Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution.
- The Pilot Program shall be effective November 1, 2011, through November 1, 2014.
- The Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution shall provide a report to the Supreme Court of South Carolina at the end of the pilot period which evaluates effectiveness of the Pilot Mediation Program and recommends further action.
You can read more about the program by clicking here, it’s a link to the order.
Also – we still want to know if you think South Carolina needs mandatory mediation in comp cases.
Click here to vote in our blog poll. We will report the results on Monday.
Until then, have a great weekend.