Alternative Dispute Resolution
Most civil disputes are resolved without filing a lawsuit, and most civil lawsuits are resolved without a trial. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a term used to describe various processes in which a neutral person helps people resolve their case without a trial.
ADR is designed to take place as early as possible in the life of a case, to provide an opportunity to settle all or part of the case and keep litigation expense to a minimum. ADR is typically faster, cheaper and less stressful than going to court. ADR also lets people resolve their disputes in a more private environment.
Parties in a civil case can use a mediator, arbitrator, or settlement conference neutral for assistance in resolving a case. Click on the ADR Information Package for more information about our various ADR options.
At this time, settlement conferences and judicial mediations are being conducted remotely by telephone or videoconference, unless notified otherwise by the court. This applies to all general civil case. Probate, Family, Unlawful Detainer, Asbestos, CEQA and Complex cases should refer to the procedures of the department/judge presiding over that case.
This comprehensive guide to Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) provides information and resources to learn all about mediation and settling cases out of Court.