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Updates To Kings and Bronx County Supreme Court ADR Processes

Saturday, 1st December 2019

"New York, N.Y. (November 26, 2019) - The Kings County and Bronx County Supreme Courts have recently implemented formalized early alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for civil cases. This alert reviews the upcoming changes in Kings Supreme, and the changes in Bronx Supreme from this past September.Kings County Changes

On November 26, 2019, New York Trial Partner Alecia Walters-Hinds attended a meeting in Kings County Supreme Court chaired by Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, Lawrence Knipel that covered updates and changes in Kings Supreme. All parties with cases before Kings Country Supreme Court should note that, effective January 1, 2020, it will be moving to a pick-and-go system for selecting cases. Under the new system, "cases will be assigned to a Trial Judge immediately upon selection of the jury." As such, there will no longer be a pick-and-pass system for Kings County Supreme Court. Although there were protests from both the plaintiff and defense bars, it appears this change was made by the Chief Administrative Judge and others who felt that the court's previous pick-and-pass system was presenting problems for other counties.

Kings Supreme has also started a new ADR Plan. We are told that this new procedure is to further expedite early resolution of civil litigation. In the new system, according to Administrative Judge Knipel, approximately 45 to 60 cases will be randomly selected for ADR on a daily basis. Many of these cases are chosen for ADR 45 days after a preliminary conference is held. In practice, most of these cases have been remanded or adjourned, but approximately six to seven have been marked ready for conference and mediation. Meeting attendees were informed that of the cases that are conferenced, approximately 25% of them settle, and Judge Knipel anticipates that more cases will be conferenced and successfully mediated in the future.

You can read more about the new Kings County Presumptive ADR Plan here."


Source: Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Language: English
Contact: Alecia Walters-Hinds

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