American Bar Association Judicial Division and Section of Dispute Resolution Co-Sponsor Two Resolutions on Court-Appointed Neutrals.

On Tuesday, May 9, 2023, the American Bar Association Judicial Division and Section of Dispute Resolution submitted two resolutions their respective Councils voted to co-sponsor for consideration by the ABA House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting in August.  One would amend the ABA’s January 2019 Guidelines on the Appointment and Use of Special Masters in Federal and State Civil Litigation and support changes in rules and laws to replace the term “master” or “special master” with “court-appointed neutral,” and support rule and law changes to permit courts responsible for cases under the Bankruptcy Code to use court-appointed neutrals (whether identified as “masters” or otherwise) in the same way as they are used in other federal cases.  The other would, for the first time, adopt a Model State Rule of Civil Procedure for the Appointment and Use of Court-Appointed Neutrals.