I was recently asked by Bob Hosea, Civil Alternative Dispute Resolution Branch Chief at Multi-Door Dispute Resolution at D.C. Superior Court, to train for and to mediate in a new mediation program for Judge-in-Chambers. Cases that I will be handling along with my fellow Multi-Door mediators will involve requests for temporary restraining orders.
In general, the Judge-in-Chambers is responsible for handling a variety of emergency matters during the court's normal business hours that require expedited judicial decision-making. These emergency matters come from every division of the Court. Examples include:
Ellice Halpern, J.D., is a Virginia Supreme Court certified general and family mediator.