Many litigants and counsel may not be aware that a process for alternate dispute resolution exists in the Superior Court during the pendency of an appeal. The Pennsylvania Superior Court has an “Appellate Mediation Program.” The Program provides a potential means for resolving disputes that is faster, more economical, and more likely to result in a satisfactory outcome than would otherwise be the case with a full appeal. Certain civil, family-related and Orphans’ Court matters may be particularly well-suited for resolution through mediation. If selected for mediation, the process occurs during the pre-briefing phase of the appeal. To learn more about the Program and the process for having a matter submitted to mediation please refer to this article or contact UTBF.
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