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. 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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