Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code
Sec. § 154.053
Standards and Duties of Impartial Third Parties


A person appointed to facilitate an alternative dispute resolution procedure under this subchapter shall encourage and assist the parties in reaching a settlement of their dispute but may not compel or coerce the parties to enter into a settlement agreement.


Unless expressly authorized by the disclosing party, the impartial third party may not disclose to either party information given in confidence by the other and shall at all times maintain confidentiality with respect to communications relating to the subject matter of the dispute.


Unless the parties agree otherwise, all matters, including the conduct and demeanor of the parties and their counsel during the settlement process, are confidential and may never be disclosed to anyone, including the appointing court.


Each participant, including the impartial third party, to an alternative dispute resolution procedure is subject to the requirements of Subchapter B (Persons Required to Report; Time to Report), Chapter 261 (Investigation of Report of Child Abuse or Neglect), Family Code, and Subchapter C (Confidentiality and Disclosure of Information; Agency Exchange of Information), Chapter 48 (Investigations and Protective Services for Elderly Persons and Persons With Disabilities), Human Resources Code.
Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 1121, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 1987. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1150, Sec. 29, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
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