United States District Court, E.D. California
ORDER REFERRING CASE TO POST-SCREENING ADR PROJECT
AND STAYING CASE FOR 120 DAYS
KENDALL J. NEWMAN, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
is a state prisoner, proceeding with counsel. Defendants
Donahoo, L. Johnson, Pool, Virga, and Walker have answered
undersigned is referring all post-screening civil rights
cases filed by pro se inmates to the Post-Screening ADR
(Alternative Dispute Resolution) Project in an effort to
resolve such cases more expeditiously and less expensively.
Defense counsel from the Office of the California Attorney
General has agreed to participate in this pilot project. No
defenses or objections shall be waived by their
forth in the screening order, plaintiff has stated a
potentially cognizable civil rights claim. Thus, the court
stays this action for a period of 120 days to allow the
parties to investigate plaintiff's claims, meet and
confer, and then participate in a settlement conference.
is a presumption that all post-screening civil rights cases
assigned to the undersigned will proceed to settlement
conference. However, if after investigating
plaintiff's claims and speaking with plaintiff, and after
conferring with defense counsel's supervisor, defense
counsel in good faith finds that a settlement conference
would be a waste of resources, defense counsel may move to
opt out of this pilot project.
filing the attached notice within thirty days, the parties
shall notify the court whether they waive disqualification
for the undersigned to hold the settlement conference or
whether they request a different judge. Plaintiff shall also
indicate his preference to appear in person or by
videoconference, if available. Failure to timely file such
notice will result in the case being set for settlement
conference before a different judge.
thirty days, the assigned Deputy Attorney General shall
contact this court's Courtroom Deputy, Alexandra Waldrop,
at (916) 930-4187, to schedule the settlement conference. If
difficulties arise in scheduling the settlement conference
due to the court's calendar, the parties may seek an
extension of the initial 120 day stay.
the settlement conference is scheduled, at least seven days
prior to conference, the parties shall submit to the assigned
settlement judge a confidential settlement conference
statement. The parties' confidential settlement
conference statement shall include the following: (a) names
and locations of the parties; (b) a short statement of the
facts and alleged damages; (c) a short procedural history;
(d) an analysis of the risk of liability, including a
discussion of the efforts made to investigate the
allegations; and (e) a discussion of the efforts that have
been made to settle the case.
accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
action is stayed for 120 days to allow the parties an
opportunity to settle their dispute before the discovery
process begins. Except as provided herein or by subsequent
court order, no other pleadings or other documents may be
filed in this case during the stay of this action. The
parties shall not engage in formal discovery, but the parties
may elect to engage in informal discovery.
Within thirty days from the date of this order, the parties
shall file the attached notice, informing the court whether
they waive disqualification for the undersigned to hold the
settlement conference, or whether they choose to have the
settlement conference held by a different judge.
Within thirty days from the date of this order, the assigned
Deputy Attorney General shall contact this court's
Courtroom Deputy, Alexandra Waldrop, at (916) 930-4187, to
schedule the settlement conference.
least seven days prior to the settlement conference, each
party shall submit a confidential settlement conference
statement, as described above, to the judge assigned for
5. If a
settlement is reached at any point during the stay of this
action, the parties shall file a Notice of ...