Moderated Settlement Conference (MSC)
MSCs are used when matters are approaching a trial. It is one last effort to settle your family law matter prior to that trial date. Usually held at the courthouse where the case will be heard, the moderator provides assistance to the parties in a more evaluative style than mediation. The judge who will try the case is in the courthouse at the time of the MSC and is available to provide direction at the moderator's discretion and with the agreement of the parties and their attorneys. If the case settles the judge is available to open the courtroom and allow one of the attorneys or self-represented parties to read the settlement into the court record while a court reporter transcribes the settlement. All that is left to do to complete the matter is for one of the attorneys or self-represented parties to draft the final legal documents, submit them to the other attorney or party for approval, and file with the court. The judge is also available to provide direction at the moderator's discretion and with the agreement of the parties and their attorneys.