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North Carolina: Where judges encourage people to avoid trial & go to mediation

McGeorge, Nicholas
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Resolution: News from the Restorative Justice Consortium. May: 7.

The North Carolina court mediation system
gives a powerful role to the plaintiffs/
victims. Because of these benefits, mentioned
earlier, to defendants/offenders going
to mediation, the plaintiff/victim generally
decides whether mediation will take
place or not. If the defendant does not keep
the agreement, the plaintiff can ask the district
attorney to bring the case to trial. In
practice this is extremely rare, indicating
that agreements are kept. (Excerpt)


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