RULE 8.10. COLLABORATIVE LAW
(a) Collaborative Law Defined. Collaborative law is a process in which parties and their respective trained collaborative lawyers and other professionals contract in writing to resolve disputes without seeking court action other than approval of a stipulated settlement. The process may include the use of alternative dispute resolution neutrals as defined in N.D.R.Ct. 8.9, depending on the circumstances of the particular case. If the collaborative process ends without a stipulated agreement, the collaborative lawyers must withdraw from further representation.
(b) Deferral from Scheduling. Parties seeking to resolve an action using a collaborative law process must request deferral from scheduling under N.D.R.Civ.P. 16 or N.D.R.Ct. 8.3. If the court grants deferral, the court may not set any deadlines for the period specified in the order approving deferral.
(c) Additional Alternative Dispute Resolution Following Collaborative Law. When a case has been deferred pursuant to N.D.R.Ct. 8.10(b) and is reinstated with new counsel or a collaborative law process has resulted in withdrawal of counsel prior to the filing of the case, the court should not ordinarily order the parties to engage in further ADR proceedings without the agreement of the parties. Participation in the collaborative law process constitutes ADR participation for reporting in the N.D.R.Ct. 8.8 statement.
Rule 8.10 took effect _____________________________.