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Appellate Mediation Program
 250 Benefit Street
Providence, Rhode Island  02903
(401) 222-8661
amp@courts.ri.gov
 
     The Appellate Mediation Program is an initiative of the Supreme Court bench and is administered by the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Mediation and other innovative methods of alternative dispute resolution are a way to encourage litigants to resolve disputes without the expense and time of trials.  Mediation is different from arbitration in that the mediators do not render decisions.  Participants craft a resolution with the aid and assistance of a mediator guiding the process, allowing for more creativity and flexibility than the normal appellate process.  

     Most civil cases that have been directly appealed from final judgment are eligible for mediation through the program.  There are presently nine (9) retired judges and magistrates who serve as mediators at no cost to the state.  Mediations are presently conducted at the Frank Licht Judicial Complex, Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal, and the Phillip Noel Judicial Complex.
 
Informational Brochure
Article I, Rule 35
Appellate Mediation Program
LIST OF MEDIATORS*

Chief Justice Frank J.
Williams (Retired)

Associate Judge Walter
Gorman (Retired)

Associate Justice Howard I.
Lipsey (Retired)

Associate Justice Pamela M.
Macktaz (Retired)
Associate Judge Robert K.
 Pirraglia (Retired)

Associate Justice Vincent A.
Ragosta (Retired)

Associate Judge Carmine A.
Rao (Retired)

Associate Justice Raymond E.
Shawcross (Retired)
 
Magistrate Joseph A.
Keough (Retired)
 
Magistrate Thomas E.
Wright (Retired)
 
 
   
*Unless serving on recall.
  
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