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.
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News and Updates
On March 2, 2021, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced in her annual State of Our Judiciary address that “we remain 100% committed to implementing our model of presumptive early ADR in order to transform the old culture of “litigate first,” to the new culture of “mediate first” in all appropriate cases.” She noted that “continued expansion of ADR has been one of the bright spots in our work to keep the courts functioning well. In fact, throughout the pandemic our judges and staff have relied on virtual ADR to great effect to resolve cases and move their dockets forward, and settlement rates have been consistent with our in-person models.”
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 Directory – lists mediators who are approved to mediate in trial courts throughout New York State.
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.
ADR Sharepoint Site (court staff only) – 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.