Notice to Health Care Malpractice Litigants and Counsel
Please be advised that this case is assigned to the Medical Malpractice ADR track in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Pursuant to the Courts and Judicial Proceedings of the Annotated Code of Maryland [§3-2A-06C] and Maryland Rule 17-203, the Court is required to order the parties to engage in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) at the earliest possible date.
The parties and attorneys may notify the Court, via Joy M. Keller, DCM Coordinator at 410-887-3233 (fax) of their agreed selection of a mediator and his or her address and phone number within 30 days of the filing of this notice. (This notice is the date of the defendant’s answer in the case.) Any selected ADR Provider must abide by the “Maryland Standards of Practice for Mediators, Arbitrators, and other ADR Practitioners,” and must conduct ADR proceedings and report to the Court on the outcome of those proceedings as required in CJ §3-2A-06C.
If the parties fail to notify the Court of an agreed ADR Provider within 30 days of the date of this notice, the Court will then assign an ADR Provider from its Roster of approved Medical Malpractice mediators. The assigned mediator will be paid $250 per hour, the cost of which will be shared equally between the plaintiff(s) and defendant(s) in the case unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Within 15 days of notice of the identity of the assigned ADR Provider, a party may object in writing to the designation stating the reason for the objection. All objections will be reviewed by the Administrative Judge. If the objection is sustained, another mediator will be assigned to the case, otherwise, the initial appointment will remain as assigned by the Court.