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Discovery Facilitator Program

In an attempt to avoid protracted, costly and unnecessary discovery disputes, effective February 11, 2013, the following Departments are requiring parties to participate in the Discovery Facilitator Program prior to filing a motion in Court to compel discovery, unless the judge specifically orders otherwise:

Civil

Department 9 – Hon. Judith Craddick

Department 31 – Hon. Laurel S. Brady

Department 33 – Hon. Steven K. Austin

Department 34 - Hon. George V. Spanos


Probate

Department 14 – Hon. John H. Sugiyama

Department 15 – Hon. Susanne M. Fenstermacher (Probate cases only)


Discovery Facilitators are experienced attorneys who are volunteering their time to assist the Court in resolving these disputes. There is no cost for participation in the Program.

To review the Program Policies and Procedures click here for the Local Court Rules and scroll down to Appendix E.


Forms

  • Request For Assignment of Discovery Facilitator
    Local Court Form (ADR-610)
  • Finding of Non-Compliance
    Local Court Form (ADR-614)
  • Notice of Termination of Appointment of Discovery Facilitator
    Local Court Form (ADR-615)
  • Recommendations of Discovery Facilitator and Termination of Appointment of Discovery Facilitator
    Local Court Form (ADR-616)
  • Rejection of Assigned Discovery Facilitator
    Local Court Form (ADR-617)


If you'd like to serve as a Discovery Facilitator, please fill out the ADR-601 Discovery Facilitator Application.

If you have finished your discovery facilitation and would like to provide input to assist in improving the program, please complete this Survey