In the Supreme Court of North Carolina Creation of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee The Supreme Court finds that there is a need in North Carolina for a single forum to provide for ongoing coordination and policy direction for the court-sponsored dispute resolution programs in the state. That is the conclusion of a Task Force on Dispute Resolution appointed by Chief Justice Henry Frye. The Supreme Court under its authority to oversee the operation of the courts and to adopt rules of practice and procedure for the courts that are supplemental to the acts of the General Assembly, adopts the following rule to address the need for such a single forum. 1. There is hereby created the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the North Carolina State Judicial Council. The Committee shall consist of twenty-four members, appointed by the Chief Justice as follows: An associate justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina A judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, recommended by the Chief Judge of that court Two superior court judges, serving staggered terms Two district court judges, serving staggered terms The Chair of the Dispute Resolution Commission or his designee from a among the Commission’s members Seven attorneys licensed to practice in NC, at least two of whom should be neutrals, recommended by the President of the NC Bar Association, serving staggered terms A custody mediator A trial court administrator A person active in the work of community settlement centers, who shall not be an attorney Two professors knowledgeable about dispute resolution, serving staggered terms The Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts or his designee Two citizens interested in dispute resolution programs, who would not be eligible for appointment in any other category, serving staggered terms Two members of the Judicial Council 2. The Chief Justice shall designate a person to serve as chair, and may designate a person to serve as vice-chair or co-chair. Except for ex-officio members (AOC Director, DRC Chair, and Council members), all terms are for four years. No person may serve for more than two successive full terms. The fact that a person serves on the Dispute Resolution Commission or in any other official capacity in an activity related to dispute resolution program does not disqualify that person from serving on the Committee if the person is otherwise qualified to serve. 3. The Committee shall have the following duties: To provide ongoing coordination and policy direction for court-sponsored dispute resolution programs in the state To provide a forum for the consideration of issues affecting the future direction of the court-sponsored dispute resolution movement within the North Carolina court system To recommend to the Judicial Council guidelines for the appropriate form of dispute resolution to be used as a case management tool in cases heard in the General Court of Justice To monitor the effectiveness of dispute resolution programs and report its findings to the State Judicial Council To provide a forum for the resolution of inter-program issues that arise among the various programs sponsored by the court system To serve as a clearing-house for rules that affect dispute resolution programs before they are submitted to the Supreme Court for review and adoption 4. The Committee may establish subcommittees as necessary. 5. The State Judicial Council may delegate other duties to the Committee and the State Judicial Council may also establish supplemental procedures and policies to regulate the work of the Committee. 6. The Committee may establish liaisons with any groups interested in court-sponsored dispute resolution programs, such as the Fourth Circuit mediation program, the Industrial Commission’s mediation program, the Office of Administrative Hearing’s mediation program, and the Mediation Network of North Carolina. Adopted by the Court in conference the 13th day of July, 2000.