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RULE 17-103. ROLE OF MEDIATOR

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West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Maryland Rules
Title 17. Alternative Dispute Resolution
Chapter 100. General Provisions
MD Rules, Rule 17-103
RULE 17-103. ROLE OF MEDIATOR
A mediator may help identify issues and options, assist the parties and their attorneys in exploring the needs underlying their respective positions, and, upon request, record points of agreement expressed and adopted by the parties. While acting as a mediator, the mediator does not engage in any other ADR process and does not recommend the terms of an agreement.
Committee note: Mediators often record points of agreement expressed and adopted by the parties to provide documentation of the results of the mediation. Because a mediator who is not a Maryland lawyer is not authorized to practice law in Maryland and a mediator who is a Maryland lawyer ordinarily would not be authorized to provide legal advice or services to parties in conflict, a mediator should not be authoring agreements regarding matters in litigation for the parties to sign. If the parties are represented by counsel, the mediator should advise them not to sign the document embodying the points of agreement until they have consulted their attorneys. If the parties, whether represented or not, choose to sign the document, a statement should be added that the points of agreement as recorded by the mediator constitute the points of agreement expressed and adopted by the parties.
Source: This Rule is derived from the last two sentences of former Rule 17-102 (d) (2012).

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[Adopted Nov. 1, 2012, eff. Jan. 1, 2013.]
MD Rules, Rule 17-103, MD R ADR Rule 17-103
Current with amendments received through November 1, 2021. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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