Supreme Court Adopts Changes to Rule 31

On Oct. 3, the Tennessee Supreme Court amended Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 and Appendix A of Rule 31 and adopted Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31A. The changes will become effective Nov. 1, 2018. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission first proposed the changes in March, seeking to redefine and clarify the eligible civil actions encompassed by Rule 31; to establish grievance procedures; to clarify matters related to confidentiality, privilege and admissibility; to clarify the obligations of Rule 31 mediators; to modify and clarify the training and listing requirements for mediators; to propose additional duties for mediators; and to remove appendices B-E from Rule 31. The court reviewed comments from the Tennessee Bar Association, as well as the Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville bar associations and several individuals and mediation centers before issuing the order.

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