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Supreme Judicial Court Rules Uniform Dispute Resolution Rule 5: Early notice of court-connected dispute resolution services

Adopted Date: 05/01/1998
Effective Date: 02/01/1999

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Rule 5

Clerks shall make information about court-connected dispute resolution services available to attorneys and unrepresented parties. This information should state that selection of court-connected dispute resolution services can occur at the early intervention event or sooner, and that no court may compel parties to mediate any aspect of an abuse prevention proceeding under G. L. c. 209A, §3 . Insofar as possible, information should be available in the primary language of the parties. Attorneys shall: provide their clients with this information about court-connected dispute resolution services; discuss with their clients the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods of dispute resolution; and certify their compliance with this requirement on the civil cover sheet or its equivalent.

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