In a recent blog post, I told you 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. In that post, we asked if you thought we need mandatory mediation in South Carolina Workers’ Compensation cases? The results show you favor this idea. 60% said yes, and 40% said no.
|Post by Suzy Boulware Cole|
Here are the basics of the 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. It will be interesting to see what happens when the pilot program concludes November 2014, until then welcome any additional thoughts you may have on this subject.