ADR Services

Mediation

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This is a process in which a neutral third person, a mediator, acts to encourage and assist in the resolution of a dispute

between 2 or more parties.  ADR Rule 2.

Private Judging

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 This is a process in which the litigants employ a private judge, who is a former judge, to resolve a pending lawsuit.  The case is assigned for hearings on preliminary or provisional motions, applications and petitions, evidentiary hearings, case management and/or trial for final disposition or for post judgment hearings.  ADR Rule 6.  Courtroom quality recording equipment is provided.

Arbitration

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This is a process in which a neutral third person called an arbitrator considers the facts and arguments presented by the parties and renders a decision.  The decision may be binding or non-binding as provided by the ADR Rules.  ADR Rule 3.  Courtroom quality recording equipment is provided.

Mini-Trials

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 A settlement process in which each side presents a highly abbreviated summary of its case to senior officials authorized to settle the case.  A neutral advisor may preside over the proceeding and give advisory opinions or rulings if invited to do so.  Following the presentation, the neutral advisor may assist the officials in a negotiated settlement of the dispute.  ADR Rule 4.  Courtroom quality recording equipment is provided.

Summary Jury Trials

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 This is an abbreviated trial with a jury in which litigants present their evidence in an expedited fashion.  The litigants and the jury are guided by a neutral who acts as a presiding official who sits as a judge.  After an advisory verdict from the jury, the presiding official may assist the litigants in a negotiated settlement of their controversy.  ADR Rule 5.  Courtroom quality recording equipment is provided.