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5-509. Same; cases accepted. (a) Upon finding that alternatives to litigation may provide a more appropriate means to resolve the issues in a case and that the costs of the dispute resolution process are justified relative to the parties' ability to pay such costs, a judge may order the parties to the case to participate in a settlement conference or a non-binding dispute resolution process conducted by: (1) A program or individual approved pursuant to rules of the supreme court adopted pursuant to the dispute resolution act; or (2) an individual licensed to practice law in the state of Kansas.

(b) If a court refers a case, information shall be provided to the court as to whether an agreement was reached and, if available, a copy of the signed agreement shall be provided to the court.

(c) Before the dispute resolution process begins, the neutral person conducting the process shall provide the parties with a written statement setting forth the procedures to be followed.

History: L. 1994, ch. 217, § 9; L. 1996, ch. 140, § 9; L. 2000, ch. 171, § 1; L. 2001, ch. 173, § 2; July 1.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Mediation Training: What's the Point, Are the Tricks Really New, and Can an Old Dog Learn?" Kathy Kirk, 37 W.L.J. 637 (1998).

"2001 Legislative Wrap-Up," Paul T. Davis, 70 J.K.B.A. No. 7, 14 (2001).

"Will the Legal Profession Ever Be the Same? Disappearing Trials and ADR in Kansas," Hon. Robert W. Fairchild, Arthur J. Thompson, 76 J.K.B.A. No. 5, 18 (2007).

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