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Meriden Court To Begin Special Masters Program


The Judges sitting in the Superior Court, Judicial District of New Haven at Meriden voted to initiate a "special masters" pretrial program for dissolution cases yesterday. Attorney Gerard I. Adelman of Weigand, Mahon & Adelman, Attorneys at Law, P.C. of Meriden, Connecticut initiated the idea and has recruited an initial group of about thirty attorney volunteers.

A special masters program uses experienced family law practitioners to pretry dissolution cases with the hope of developing a satisfactory resolution short of a full trial. A two person team consisting of a male and female volunteer meet with the attorneys representing the parties and hear the essential facts of the case. As objective and knowledgeable third parties, such pretrials frequently result in settlements being reached. Such special master programs are currently being used in the New Haven and Middlesex courts with good success.

Attorney Adelman first suggested the idea of such a program in Meriden to Judges Wiese and Fischer last spring, but the implantation was delayed when the composition of the sitting judges changed in September 2003. After allowing the new judges to be acclimated to Meriden, Adelman brought the idea up again and was allowed to begin recruiting volunteers. Judges Wiese, Frazzine and Tanzer voted to start the program. The first special master pretrials are expected to begin sometime in March 2004.

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