Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a key component of the civil justice process. Courts throughout the New York State Unified Court System rely on mediation, and other forms of ADR, as an efficient and cost-effective way to resolve disputes in appropriate cases. The number of courts that regularly refer to ADR has increased since the Presumptive ADR Program was initiated, and various local and statewide ADR programs are available to court users (see below).
Typically, the court refers parties on a case to an ADR process (like mediation or arbitration), and the service is provided by:
• A non-judicial court staff person
• A roster neutral
• A Community Dispute Resolution Center
In most cases, parties have the right to select their own private neutral.
If you have a case already in court, you may want to discuss mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options with your lawyer. If you need help finding a lawyer, you may want to visit CourtHelp or call your local bar association.
If you are interested in resolving your dispute through mediation, you may find a mediator in the Statewide Mediator Directory, or ask court staff for a referral. Free or reduced-fee mediation services may be available in the courthouse where you have a case or through your local CDRC.
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