Thursday, November 10, 2005

Judicial Exhortation To Settle – Will It Work?

Along the same lines as seen in today’s post A Perfect Example!, is a federal court judge’s exhortation [and an inclination as to how he might rule on a particular point] to the disputing parties to reach a settlement in this highly publicized environmental conflict reported in this article in the Palm Beach Post followed 2 days later by this article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Facing the parties is a tight timeline and other litigation.

Take a look at these articles and learn how the judge and the parties view the entire matter of settlement. Of interest is how the judge empowers the parties in recognizing their creativity contrasted with the court’s limitations. Any insights for the mediator?

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