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Civil Cases

We know you work hard for your clients. Like you, we believe your clients deserve excellent representation before committed decision makers and neutrals. Are the court’s lack of resources and inefficiencies frustrating your efforts to get your clients good results at a reasonable price? Smart Court’s dispute resolution services offer you customized tools to get your client to the finish line.

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Counsel/Party Meet and Greet (Online or In-person)

Complimentary 15-20 minute consultation with Bennett and Ellsworth, to answer questions and help counsel determine how the neutrals can best assist the parties.

Case Management/Discovery Plans

(Bennett and Ellsworth serving as panel of two neutrals).
Includes: Individual pre-conference phone calls with the neutrals; up to one hour joint conference time with the neutrals (in person or via video conferencing); preparation of recommendation and proposed Stipulation regarding Case Management and/or Discovery Plan (estimated total time expended by neutrals is 2.5 hours).

Facilitated Mandatory Settlement Conferences

(Bennett or Ellsworth serving as “on-call” neutral).
Includes: Use of Smart Court’s private, luxury conference rooms in Temecula, California for up to three (3) hours; availability of an On-Call Smart Court® private settlement conference judge (Bennett or Ellsworth) for up to 1.5 hours of “spot mediation” or case/issue evaluation. Smart Court® provides the parties with a proposed “Stipulation and Order for Facilitated (Private) Mandatory Settlement Conference in Lieu of Court MSC” for filing with the court.

Flash Resolution (Short-Cause, Expedited Hearings)

(Bennett and Ellsworth serving as panel of two neutrals).
Includes: Up to 2.5 hours hearing time; neutrals’ preparation time; individual pre-hearing phone conferences with the neutrals (estimated total time expended by neutrals is 4 hours). Parties and counsel receive both neutrals for any or all of the following:

  • Mediation of Limited Issues
  • Adjudication of Bifurcated Issue(s) (Binding or Advisory)
  • Case Evaluation
  • Recommended Discovery Plans

360º Mediation

(Bennett and Ellsworth serving as panel of two neutrals).
Includes: Hearing time; neutrals’ preparation time; pre-mediation calls, drafting of mediated settlement agreements. Mediation is scheduled by the hour, half-day or full day.

360º Arbitration

(Bennett and Ellsworth serving as panel of two neutrals. May be binding or advisory).
Includes: Arbitration hearing time; preparation/study time, Arbitration Readiness Conference (“ARC”), deliberation and drafting of Arbitration Award. Includes Smart Court® support staff, supervising attorneys, paralegals and case administrators who may work on the Parties’ arbitration matter. Arbitration is scheduled by the hour, half-day or full day.

Private Judging

360º General Referee (“Special Masters”)
Stipulated Referees per CCP § 638 (Appealable)
(Bennett and Ellsworth serving as panel of two neutrals to determine: (i) any or all issues in the case, whether of fact or of law; or (ii) to ascertain a fact or facts necessary to enable the court to determine the case. See CCP §§638, 643 and 644.)

By the Hour (Minimum Two Hours)
Includes: Review/study time of parties’ requests/filings; hearing time, Statement of Decision. By-the-Hour billing is for short-cause matters requiring less than three (3) hours of the referees’ time, including time for hearing. Examples are simple discovery and other motions.

Long Cause Hearings – 3 Hours
Includes: Up to three (3) hours hearing time; preparation/study time, deliberation and drafting of Statement of Decision. Includes Smart Court® support staff, supervising attorneys, paralegals and case administrators who may work on the Parties’ matter. Estimated total time expended by neutrals is 5 hours.

Half Day Hearing/Trial
Includes: Up to four (4) hours hearing time; preparation/study time, Trial Readiness Conference (“TRC”), deliberation and drafting of Statement of Decision. Includes Smart Court® support staff, supervising attorneys, paralegals and case administrators who may work on the Parties’ matter. Estimated total time expended by neutrals is 7 hours.

Full Day Hearing/Trial
Includes: Up to eight (8) hours hearing time; preparation/study time, Trial Readiness Conference (“TRC”), deliberation and drafting of Statement of Decision. Includes Smart Court® support staff, supervising attorneys, paralegals and case administrators who may work on the Parties’ matter. Estimated total time expended by neutrals is 12 hours.

360º Involuntary Referee

Appointed by Court on party motion or court’s own motion per CCP §§ 639(a)(3)-(5), 640(b).
(Bennett and Ellsworth serving as panel of two neutrals to determine: (i) any question of fact, other than upon the pleadings, which arises upon motion or otherwise in the case; (ii) questions of fact or law necessary for the information of the court in a special proceeding; or (iii) any and all discovery motions and disputes relevant to discovery in the action (where the court determines it is necessary – findings and a recommendation on the findings to be provided to the court – see CCP §§639, 643 and 644).

By the Hour (Minimum Two Hours)
Includes: Review/study time of parties’ requests/filings; hearing time, Statement of Decision/Findings/Recommendations. By-the-Hour billing is for short-cause matters requiring less than three (3) hours of the referees’ time, including time for hearing.

Long Cause Hearings – 3 Hours
Includes: Up to three (3) hours hearing time; preparation/study time, deliberation and drafting of Statement of Decision/Findings/Recommendations. Includes Smart Court® support staff, supervising attorneys, paralegals and case administrators who may work on the Parties’ matter. Estimated total time expended by neutrals is 5 hours.

Half Day Hearing
Includes: Up to four (4) hours hearing time; preparation/study time, Trial Readiness Conference (“TRC”), deliberation and drafting of Statement of Decision. Includes Smart Court® support staff, supervising attorneys, paralegals and case administrators who may work on the Parties’ matter. Estimated total time expended by neutrals is 7 hours.

Full Day Hearing
Includes: Up to eight (8) hours hearing time; preparation/study time, Hearing Readiness Conference (“HRC”), deliberation and drafting of Statement of Decision/Findings/Recommendations. Includes Smart Court® support staff, supervising attorneys, paralegals and case administrators who may work on the Parties’ matter. Estimated total time expended by neutrals is 12 hours.

Private Judge as Judge Pro Tem

(LIMITED TO A SINGLE NEUTRAL BY CRC, RULES 2.831-2.834 – either Bennett or Ellsworth)

By the Hour (Minimum Two Hours; Short-cause or Bifurcated Issues)
Includes: Hearing time; preparation/study time, deliberation and drafting of Ruling/Statement of Decision.

Long Cause Hearings – 3 Hours
Includes: Up to three (3) hours hearing time; preparation/study time, deliberation and drafting of Ruling/Statement of Decision. Includes Smart Court® support staff, supervising attorneys, paralegals and case administrators who may work on the Parties’ matter.Estimated total time expended by the neutral is 5 hours.

Half Day Hearing/Trial
Includes: Up to four (4) hours hearing time; preparation/study time, Trial Readiness Conference (“TRC”), deliberation and drafting of Ruling/Statement of Decision. Includes Smart Court® support staff, supervising attorneys, paralegals and case administrators who may work on the Parties’ matter. Estimated total time expended by the neutral is 7 hours.

Full Day Hearing/Trial
Includes: Up to eight (8) hours hearing time; preparation/study time, Trial Readiness Conference (“TRC”), deliberation and drafting of Ruling/Statement of Decision. Includes Smart Court® support staff, supervising attorneys, paralegals and case administrators who may work on the Parties’ matter. Estimated total time expended by the neutrals is 12 hours.

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Request a Meet and Greet

Attorney Bennett and Judge Ellsworth offer a complimentary 15-20 minute “Meet and Greet” to explore the best options for your case and answer your questions about the different processes. The Meet and Greet may be attended by counsel only, or by counsel and the parties – it’s up to you. For your convenience, you may appear via Internet Conferencing, or live at the Smart Court® office.

After your Meet and Greet, when the parties are ready to proceed, we’ll get you going. The Case Information forms, Services Agreement and fee deposit will be collected, and your Smart Court® Civil Case resolution process will commence.

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We know you work hard for your clients. Like you, we believe your clients deserve excellent representation before committed decision makers and neutrals. Are the court’s lack of resources and inefficiencies frustrating your efforts to get your clients good results at a reasonable price? Smart Court’s dispute resolution services offer you customized tools to get your client to the finish line.

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“Justice delayed is justice denied…” as they say. When you’re in the midst of conflict, the traditional court process is slow and complex – unable to serve you properly. We believe your case deserves the undivided attention of an expert who can deliver immediate relief, and get you to the finish line fast – leaving your dignity and wallet intact.

Veteran mediator Kelly Bennett delivers thoughtful consideration of all issues and unparalleled expertise. Combining laser-beam focus on you and your needs, with cutting edge technology to simplify the process, you receive the ultimate justice experience that gets results now. Ms. Bennett’s negotiation expertise includes focused fact-finding, issue spotting, managing interests and expectations, risk assessment and practical solutions. This is the total package you need, to get your case settled at warp speed, privately and with minimal expense. Now that’s Smart.