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Civil Litigation

Feb. 12, 2024

Civil appeals mediation program debuts in 4th District

“People should have free access to mediating their case rather than going into a high-conflict situation. Instead of litigation, let’s try to resolve these through a mutual conversation,” retired Chief Justice of California Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said.

Former Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

A program conceived by Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye has been rolled out by the 4th District Court of Appeal to enlist retired justices to mediate civil appeals.

“I came from the 3rd District Court of Appeals, which had a very robust voluntary civil mediation program, and I served on that committee from its inception to when I left,” Cantil-Sakauye, who retired from the state Supreme Court last year, said. “It was so bene...

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