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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Many cases can be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties without the necessity of traditional litigation, which can be expensive, time consuming, and stressful. The Court finds that it is in the best interest of the parties that they participate in alternatives to traditional litigation, including arbitration or mediation.

ADR Procedures

1. All parties to the dispute may voluntarily agree to take the matter to a mediator. A stipulation can be found here. Parties choose, contact, and hire their own mediator.

2. An initial Case Management Conference will be scheduled within 120 days of filing the Complaint. An original Case Management Conference Statement must be filed with the clerk no later than 15 days before the scheduled Case Management Conference. The court strongly encourages all parties and their counsel to consider and utilize ADR procedures. If all parties check the "mediation" or "arbitration" box on the Case Management Statement at paragraph 10c, the court will enter an order for ADR and set a review date for receipt of a signed ADR stipulation. If the signed stipulation is received by the court on or before the review date, that review date will be automatically vacated. If the stipulation has not been received by the review date, then appearance of all counsel and unrepresented parties is mandatory at the review hearing to explain why the parties have not moved forward with their agreed upon ADR process.

3. Any ADR services shall be paid for by the parties pursuant to a separate ADR fee agreement.