Case evaluation, a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), is done under Michigan Court Rule 2.403. According to this rule, “A court may submit to case evaluation any civil action in which the relief sought is primarily money damages or division of property.”
Once a court case is filed, the Judge’s secretary will issue a scheduling order that will include a case evaluation date. The ADR Clerk will issue a notice approximately 6 weeks prior to case evaluation with details regarding the assigned evaluators and further instructions.
The fee for each party participating in case evaluation is $75. This should be paid by way of three $25 checks made out to each evaluator. Three copies of a brief must be filed with the court no later than 7 days prior to the case evaluation (See MCR 2.403I(i)(1)(a)). If the brief is not received within that timeframe, the parties must pay a late fee of $150 ($50 to each evaluator). Briefs and checks may be hand delivered or mailed to the following address:
Monroe County Clerk’s Office
Attn: ADR Clerk
106 E. First St.
Monroe, MI 48161
If the parties have settled or the case is being removed from case evaluation, the parties must notify the ADR clerk at least 14 days prior to the case evaluation date, or the parties will be required to pay case evaluation fees (See MCR 2.403H(5)(b)).
ALL CIRCUIT COURT CASE EVALUATIONS ARE BEING HELD IN PERSON, NOT VIA ZOOM.
If you have any questions regarding case evaluations, please contact the ADR Clerk:
If you wish to become a case evaluator, please fill out the application below and submit to the ADR Clerk.