The NYS Unified Court System is committed to promoting the appropriate use of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a means of resolving disputes and conflicts peacefully.
The Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution is part of the Division of Professional and Court Services in the New York State Unified Court System Office of Court Administration. We invite you to learn more About Us.
In 2019, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced the Presumptive ADR Program, a statewide initiative in which the majority of civil cases would be referred to ADR processes for the opportunity to resolve matters early and efficiently. As a part of our Chief Judge’s Excellence Initiative, Presumptive ADR builds on prior successes of appropriate dispute resolution in New York State, and in other jurisdictions, by referring cases to mediation and other forms of ADR earlier in the life of a contested matter. This Presumptive ADR Program is supported by the Chief Judge’s Statewide ADR Advisory Committee, which was established in 2018, and which released an interim report of its findings and recommendations for how Presumptive ADR could be implemented.
Implementation of the Presumptive ADR initiative is overseen by the offices of the Deputy Chief Administrative Judges for Courts inside and outside New York City, the Honorable George J. Silver and the Honorable Vito Caruso, respectively.
To assist local Judicial Districts in implementing Presumptive ADR, the Statewide Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution created a central on-line location for court staff to share resources that can be helpful in developing local rules, orders, forms, and tools that can be tailored to the needs of individual courts and case types. Access Sharepoint Site (court staff only).
Statewide Mediator Application
To assist with onboarding qualified neutrals to serve as mediators for court cases, there is now a Statewide Mediator Application – a single application that mediators can use to apply to join any of the mediation rosters in the trial courts across the state.
Statewide Mediator Directory
To assist court users with locating a mediator that might be appropriate for their case, we have created the Statewide Mediator Directory, which lists mediators who are approved to mediate in courts throughout New York State.