Neutral Evaluation in California
In a civil case, there are different ways in which the parties involved can resolve their disputes. These dispute solving mechanisms include mediation, arbitration, and neutral evaluation. Each process has its own benefits and drawbacks. Based on the civil case and the stage of the process, parties will enter the process that works best for them. This article will focus on neutral evaluation and provide a brief overview of the legal process.
What is Neutral Evaluation?
In neutral evaluation, another individual who is considered neutral to the case will act as the evaluator of the arguments and the claims. Parties to a civil suit are provided the opportunity to meet with the neutral evaluator to seek expert advice on the case. The entire session with the evaluator is completely confidential. During the evaluation, every party has a chance to provide the evaluator with their oral and written statements. The evaluator will present their evaluation, which includes an examination of the arguments, evidence, strengths, and sources of agreement of the case.
More on the Process
Neutral evaluations are more informal than, say, arbitration or a case in court. Given that the session is to seek an independent evaluation of the legal arguments, these sessions are maximally optimal for those who have lawyers. Otherwise, the legal complexities can prove too difficult. Moreover, a neutral evaluation is non-binding. If the evaluator finds a way to settle the case and the parties agree, then they can settle. Otherwise, the parties do not have to accept the final decision. If you are interested in a neutral evaluation, speak with an experienced civil attorney today.