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Courts. Th ere is a fi ling fee required of overly complicated requiring substantial Judge’s undivided attention. When the $100.00. Th e Order of Appointment is pre-trial time to prepare, getting prepared trial is over, the Private Judge prepares the signed by the presiding Judge of the Cir- one time for one trial date before a Private Final Order/Judgment for that trial at its cuit. Th e petition can be fi led contempo- Judge can be cost eff ective for the litigants conclusion, without dealing with Orders raneously with the fi ling of the action or as opposed to having prep-time in a case from “yesterday’s” docket or ones from any time after the action has been fi led, that is continued several times on the the “regular” trial docket. Time will tell but before the beginning of a trial. Th e court’s regular docket. Also, timeliness is whether this addition to alternate dispute Private Judge has the same powers as a a factor to consider. Every Judge that has resolution, like mediation and arbitration, Circuit Court Judge. Th e rules of civil a trial docket may have a number of in- will help those involved have better and procedure apply to all actions and appeals terruptions, emergencies in other cases, or less expensive access to our judicial sys- may be taken in the same manner as an simply too many things going on at one tem. G appeal from Circuit Court. Th e Private time which causes a “day” of testimony to Judge’s compensation is determined by a result in only a few hours of actual testi- contract for services between the Judge mony on the record. If a Private Judge is and the parties. Th ere are real advantages utilized, you start at whatever time is ar- in certain cases to have a Private Judge. If ranged, take thirty (30) minutes for lunch, the case due to be litigated is expected to go to 4:30 p.m. with few (or no) interven- be lengthy, a trial by a Private Judge can be ing interruptions, distractions or delays. a benefi t to the Court’s regular docket in A seven or eight day trial on a “regular” that it does not “block” other cases which docket may soon be tried in two or three may be handled otherwise. If the case is days when the parties have the Private Contributors Rick Fernambucq & Heather Fann Alabama Forensic Psychologyan approved CLE provider We have been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission of Alabama for providing continuing legal education for attorneys regarding psychology and the legal system. We offer continuing legal education on a wide variety of topics. The training is conducted on is not at our offi ce and will varyPlease note that the location of training the fi rst and third Wednesday of each month. according to the number of attorneys wishing to participate. If you choose to Most of our training pre-register for the training, the location will be provided at that time. If you will be for 2 CLE hours Two-week pre-registration cost: $90 choose to pay at the door, you can call and the cost for this is: Pay at the time of training: $120 before the training to fi nd the location. Dr. Ron Bray & Dr. Todd Walborn 2101 Magnolia Avenue• Suite 419• Birmingham, AL 35205• (205) 648-9314 Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Fall 2012 11


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