Join us September 30, 2019 through October 11, 2019 for Tarrant County Settlement Week 2019
The Texas Legislature designated annual ‘settlement weeks’ to facilitate voluntary settlements of civil and family law cases for district courts, constitutional and statutory county courts, and family law courts. Though mediation services are available throughout the year, Settlement Week is an opportune time for courts and legal professional to focus on reducing the high number of unresolved cases filed in Tarrant County.
Mediators for DRS North Texas are exceptional problem solvers trained to assist litigants explore and discuss settlement options with the goal of reaching a Win-Win solution for the courts and the attorneys. Cases submitted for inclusion in Settlement Week will be conducted by qualified mediators trained to resolve the toughest legal problems.
How To Submit A Case
Submit cases for inclusion in Settlement Week before August 16, 2019
- Mailing address: 4304 Airport Freeway, Ste. 100, Fort Worth, TX 76117
- Fax: (817) 877 – 4557
View Settlement Week documents
Cases submitted to Settlement Week are assessed non-refundable administrative fees. The party requesting mediation is responsible for submitting the total administrative fee. Fees are calculated using the basic formula:
$50 x (no. of individuals involved in the suit) = Total Administrative Fee
For instance, if a case has two named plaintiffs and two named defendants the total administrative fee for that case would be $200.
Payments should be made payable to DRS North Texas for the total administrative fee. If preferred, a party may submit payment with a major credit card by phone. If submitting more than one case, please provide separate Case Data Sheets and fee payments for each case. No multiple case checks please.
5 Reasons To Mediate During Settlement Week
DRS North Texas’ mediation services are available throughout the year, but we encourage all attorneys with cases filed in Tarrant County to take advantage of the opportunity to submit cases for inclusion in Settlement Week. A number of attorneys currently volunteer as mediators at DRS North Texas, and will be utilized during Settlement Week. While mediated settlement agreements are the primary goal of the mediation process, Settlement Week mediations also offer the opportunity to:
1) identify the underlying interests of the parties,
2) clarify the issues in controversy,
3) engage in reality testing and checking,
4) offer parties and counsel the opportunity to reach agreements regarding specific evidence, discovery items, etc., and
5) allow the parties to reach agreements that narrow the issues reserved for trial.
Therefore, even if the parties do not reach a mediated settlement agreement on the day of the Settlement Week mediation, participation in Settlement Week may afford parties and counsel the opportunity, at a very reasonable cost, to lay a strong foundation for reaching a settlement in the future.
DRS North Texas looks forward to hosting Settlement Week, and we hope that our volunteers, the Courts, and the legal community look forward to participating as well.Submit A Case