American Bar Association Adopts Two Resolutions on Court-Appointed Neutrals

On Monday, August 7, 2023, the American Bar Association House of Delegates adopted two resolutions sponsored by the ABA Judicial Division and Section of Dispute Resolution designed to advance the broad recruitment, effective use, and rethinking of the court-appointed neutral profession.

ABA Resolution 23A516 – urging the substitution of the name “court-appointed neutrals” for “masters” or “special masters” in ABA Guidelines rules and legislation and the amendment of rules and legislation necessary to permit the use of court-appointed neutrals in bankruptcy proceedings.

ABA Resolution 23A517 – urging that state, local, territory and tribal courts adopt a Model Rule on the appointment and use of court-appointed neutrals.