You may have heard of King County Superior Court's Pilot Project on Early Mediation.

Click here for a description of it.

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17 weeks for filing of plan and mediation deadline is not early enough.

 

Filing a plan within 45 days, provisional expedited discovery exchanges akin to IDs in federal court, and earlier mediation and multiple stage mediations might work better for some disputes.

Early mediation before discovery or before discovery is complete is a great idea especially when the case involves   parties who will have a continuing relationship after the litigation, can meet face to face, and craft a solution that is less based on facts and law and more based on looking to the future for a fair resolution that works for both parties.  Many EEO cases have been settled this way even with doubtful lawyers looking on and wondering how in the world it can be settled when they know so little about the other's case.

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