Newsom, Terry & Newsom, LLP v. Henry S. Miller Commercial Co.
In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, it’s not unusual to get a notice that a case has been referred to the Circuit Mediation Program. When the circuit mediator has selected a case for the program, any party may opt out, which concludes mediation proceedings (at least as to that party). When the Court has referred a case to the program, the Court has discretion to grant or deny an opt-out request. Similarly, some Texas courts of appeals, like the First Court in Houston, have appellate mediation programs under which the court can order the parties to mediation.