The Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Office is a unit within the Division of Professional and Court Services in the New York State Unified Court System's Office of Court Administration (OCA). The Statewide ADR Office supports the court to promote the appropriate use of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a means of resolving disputes and conflicts peacefully. The main functions of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution happen in these six areas:
Community Dispute Resolution Centers
We partner with the 20 Community Dispute Resolution Centers throughout the state that provide mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution options at no or low cost.
We support court staff and court programs around training, policy, and serving as the court’s hub for ADR information.
Fee Dispute Resolution Program
We oversee the Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program (FDRP), a statewide program that helps to resolve disputes over legal fees.
We review and approve ADR training and qualifications to promote quality mediation and neutral evaluation services.
We facilitate public access to information about ADR and related matters, including the Mediator Directory.
We support training for judicial and non-judicial court staff and ADR neutrals who serve in our courts.
The Statewide ADR Office works with judges, court administrators, bar leaders and other stakeholders -- including the Statewide Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution -- to develop appropriate dispute resolution programs and policies that respond to the needs of local communities and courts. We partner with the Regional ADR Coordinators who work with the Deputy Chief Administrative Judges in charge of implementing ADR in the Courts.
The Statewide ADR Office works closely with non-profit organizations in administering the state-wide Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program, which provides a community-based forum to resolve disputes that might otherwise become civil, family and criminal court cases.
The Statewide ADR Office periodically convenes and coordinates programs for mediators, attorneys, judges, other court staff and members of the public.
New York City
The Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution
25 Beaver Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Fax: (212) 428-2696
The Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution
2500 Pond View, Suite 104
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033
Fax: (518) 238-2951
December 2022: The Statewide ADR Office launched an online application for trainers to become approved under Part 146 of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge. The new online application streamlines the process of approving trainings under Part 146.
October 2022: Pursuant to Par. 2 of Administrative Order 124/22, the Statewide ADR Office, in consultation with Office of Justice Initiatives and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, published Anti-Bias Training Guidelines to promote clear standards for quality trainings.
May 2022: In furtherance of The Court's goal of addressing bias in the court system, Judge Marks signed Administrative Order 124/22, effective January 1, 2023, requiring all ADR neutrals who serve the court system (mediators and neutral evaluators serving on court rosters under Part 146, arbitrators and special masters who serve in court-sponsored programs, and neutrals who provide services as a part of the Community Dispute Resolution Center Program) to complete at least two (2) hours of anti-bias training every two years.
May 2022: Under Administrative Order 119a/22, effective January 1, 2023, all Family Court and Matrimonial Part mediators will be required to take 4 hours of training on Screening for Intimate partner Violence (IPV) and 2 hours of continuing education on IPV every 2 years. This Order extends and codifies current statewide practice, which seeks to ensure the safety of litigants who may be victims of IPV.
February 2021: Effective Feb. 1, 2021, “Counsel for all parties shall consult prior to a preliminary or compliance conference about...(iii) the use of alternate dispute resolution to resolve all or some issues in the litigation.” Section 202.11 of the Uniform Civil Rules For The Supreme Court & The County Court
January 2021: Press release announces NYC Civil Court in Manhattan to Launch Online Dispute Resolution Pilot Program for Small Claims Cases.
September 2020: The court announces three online tools developed by the Office of ADR: the Statewide Mediator Directory, which supports litigants in locating a court-approved mediator, the Statewide Mediator Application, which streamlines the process by which mediators may be considered for a trial court roster, and the Post-Mediation Survey, which allows mediation participants to easily provide feedback in an online form.
May 2020: Under Administrative Order 87/20, effective May 4, 2020, “Judges may refer matters for virtual alternative dispute resolution, including to neutrals on court-established panels, community dispute resolution centers, and ADR-dedicated court staff”
April 2018: Advisory Committee on ADR is formed to examine current services and make recommendations for the improvement of ADR.