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Alternative Dispute Resolution
What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an umbrella term for a full range of dispute resolution methods, both private and court-connected, designed to help parties resolve their conflicts. In the courts of Maricopa County, ADR supports a wide range of alternative programs to assist parties in settling pending court disputes without resorting to trial. Court-connected ADR programs are offered in many Superior Court Divisions, such as the Civil, Family and Probate Divisions.
Duty to Consider ADR
The Arizona Supreme Court amended Rule 16(g) of the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure (ARCP) regarding ADR. Under the newly amended rule, parties to Civil disputes have a duty to consider ADR, confer with one another about using an ADR process, and report the outcome of their conference to the court. For more information, read the order amending ARCP Rule 16(g).
ADR programs assist parties in settling pending civil, family, or probate disputes without resorting to trial.
Learn about the benefits of ADR and see how to get started in resolving a legal dispute.
Judge Pro Tempore
Are you a judge pro tempore in need of ADR forms or training materials? See our ADR resources for Judges Pro Tem.
Are you a private mediator wanting to assist parties with family matters? See our mediator roster requirements.
ADR Program Coordinator
Contact the ADR Office
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