Definitions for "Neutral Evaluation"
Keywords:  dispute, weak, merits, discovery, hears
When a neutral person hears both sides of the case, says what the strong and weak points are, and what the court will probably decide. The neutral person can help you prepare agreements (called stipulations) and discovery (when you get information from the other side before trial).
A process in which a neutral, or a panel of neutrals, hears brief written and oral presentations and then assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the disputant's contentions and evidence and offers an overall evaluation of the dispute. (Compare arbitration, mediation.)
A court- sponsored program of alternate dispute resolution. The parties and their lawyers meet with the neutral at court. The neutral assists them in reaching an agreement.