Settlement Week

Settlement week involves attorneys and clients meeting with a volunteer attorney/mediator to discuss the status of settlement discussions, and to identify how any remaining obstacles to settlement can be overcome. Cases not resolved during these discussions are generally given an immediate trial date, and if parties have not already engaged in mediation, the attorneys and parties may decide to continue settlement discussions with the attorney/mediator who facilitated settlement week discussions.

Courts convene a “settlement week” chiefly to focus on disposing cases nearing or exceeding the target disposition dates in the Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2013-12, “Caseflow Management Guidelines.”

A settlement week conducted in the Macomb County Circuit Court during 2014 resulted in the resolution of approximately 30% of the cases ordered to go through the process.