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State and Local Requirements for
Early Neutral Evaluation (Case Evaluation) in Georgia

This page is intended to detail the requirements to register as an early neutral or case evaluator with the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution (GCDR) and with local court-annexed ADR programs in North Metro Atlanta. All neutrals working in court-annexed programs must be registered with the GCDR. Though some local court-connected ADR programs adopt GCDR standards, others impose additional requirements so completing GCDR-approved training does not necessarily qualify a neutral to participate in a local court-connected program.

There is no mandatory registration requirement for neutrals who practice dispute resolution in a private setting like The Center for Legal Solutions. Many mediators who practice in a private setting, however, do satisfy state and local requirements for registration / certification and may participate in court-annexed programs in addition to their private practice.

Early Neutral Evaluation / Case Evaluation Registration allows a neutral to participate in court-annexed early neutral evaluation and case evaluation programs.

Specific State and Local Requirements:

State Requirements:
  • Complete approved 6 hour training program
  • Must be an attorney with extensive subject matter expertise in the area of litigation in question
  • Good moral character
  • Completion of approved 28 hour general civil mediation classroom training is recommended

    Additional Fulton County Requirements:
  • Experience in the subject matter field being evaluated.

    Clayton County:
  • No additional requirements specified
  • Additional Cobb Requirements:
  • Must be a member in good standing of Georgia Bar with 7 years experience
  • Must have been lead counsel from inception to completion in at least 10 cases in Georgia for each area of expertise
  • Complete 28 hours of approved general civil mediation training
  • Complete 8 hours of approved case evaluation training

    Additional Gwinnett Superior Requirements
  • Membership in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia
  • 7 years experience as an attorney
  • Additional Dekalb Superior Requirements:
  • Completion of a local mentorship requirement involving the co-facilitation of 3 or more mediation sessions with members of a mentorship panel before enrollment in any additional process specific training
  • Additional completion of local mentorship requirement after successful completion of any additional process-specific training
  • A degree in law
  • 10 years experience at the bar, 60% of which involves their own practice in civil litigation and 20% of practice in the area of law specific to the case

    Additional 6th JAD Requirements:
  • Neutrals will be evaluated by the ADR Program Office on an on-going basis

    Additional 9th JAD Requirements:
  • Must have 7 years experience in the area of litigation in question

  • See State and Local Requirements for ADR Categories:

    Additional Information on State Requirements:

    Additional Information on Local Requirements:

    Neutrals Registered for Early Neutral Evaluation in Georgia
    Michael Ahlstrom
    Frank Armstrong
    Bob Berlin
    Nora Bushfield
    Charles ('Chuck') Chesbro
    Herman Clark
    Philip Coe
    Philip Coe
    Joaquin ('Jack') Coello
    Joyce Glucksman
    Steven Gold
    Daniel Gulden
    Floyd Hale
    L. Kemp
    Arline Kerman
    Daryl Kidd
    Jeanney Kutner
    Robert Leitch
    Carol Levine
    Frank Lightmas
    Stuart Meyers
    Morgan Robertson
    John Ross
    John Tucker
    Jim Wilbanks
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