June 29, 2020 4 minutes to read · 800 words

Assessing the Role and Purpose of ODR in Our Courts

By Doug Van Epps

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Reprinted with permission from Dispute Resolution, May 2020, Volume 26, Number 1, at 13-14. ©2020 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

If we didn’t realize this before, the Covid-19 pandemic has lent extra urgency to the idea: online motions and settlement conferences will soon become standard court operating procedures, chiefly to eliminate the significant inconvenience and expense (and now, perhaps danger) of parties appearing in court in person. In Michigan’s State Court Administrative Office, where I work, we are even discussing the potential for conducting bench trials online.

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