Superior Court of California - County of Orange

Press Release

Please Note

Neutral Evaluator Applications Are Now Available Online

Santa Ana- The Superior Court of Orange County is seeking a limited number of qualified attorneys to serve as neutral evaluators. Those interested in serving on the Court’s Neutral Evaluator Panel must submit their application no later than August 31, 2007. Applicants must be current members of the California State Bar with at least 10 years of membership.

The pilot Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) program, funded from a grant from the Judicial Council, will provide litigants and their counsel an opportunity to make summary presentations of their claim and defense. They will receive a non-binding evaluation by an experienced neutral lawyer with subject matter expertise.

The evaluator will also help identify areas of agreement and may offer case-planning suggestions so the litigants can resolve the lawsuit. If requested by the litigants, the evaluator may provide settlement assistance. Although settlement is not the only goal, the ENE process can reduce litigation time and costs and promote settlement.

Attorneys who successfully pass the application process will be required to attend a mandatory training session.

Applications for Appointment to Neutral Evaluator Panel are available on-line until August 31, 2007. Completed applications should be mailed to:

Superior Court of California, County of Orange
Attention: Al Glover, ADR Analyst
Civil Operations
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

If you have questions about the Early Neutral Evaluation Pilot Project, please contact Al Glover at (714) 834-5309 or

Court Release #019-07

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