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(1) In its discretion, the court may, either on its own motion or upon request of any party, order a settlement conference at any time before decision in any case pending before the court. A hearing examiner appointed by the court normally conducts the settlement conference. However, if the parties agree, an outside mediator may conduct the conference. If the parties use an outside mediator, the parties shall share and pay the expense of hiring the mediator. The conference may be in person or by telephone conference at a time and place as the court may direct. The court may direct that the person with ultimate settlement authority for each party attend the conference.

History: 2-4-201, MCA; IMP, 2-4-201, 39-71-2901, MCA; NEW, 1983 MAR p. 1715, Eff. 11/26/83; TRANS, from ARM 2.52.334, 1989 MAR p. 2177, Eff. 12/22/89; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 27, Eff. 1/14/94; AMD, 2014 MAR p. 2829, Eff. 3/1/15.

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