(Legal Newsline) - District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine
announced March 29 that his office has launched a pilot program that utilizes
informal mediation to resolve lawsuits against the district government.
will save taxpayers money because it will lead to fewer trials, the attorney general said.
program, any individual who files a lawsuit against the district and who is
seeking less than $10,000 for property damage or personal injury can bring the
claim before a neutral mediator.
“District taxpayers benefit when lawsuits against the city
are resolved quickly and the district as well as the other party can avoid the
costs of going to trial,” Racine said. “The Office of the Attorney General’s new mediation program is an opportunity for the district government to
provide a quick, fair, and informal way of resolving claims with resolutions
agreeable to all parties.”
initial phase only applies to claims defended by Racine’s civil litigation division.