ADR Programs

Specific ADR programs available in Maricopa County Superior Court include:

Civil Short Trial

By stipulation, parties can agree to a binding, one-day jury trial. Each party has two hours to present its case before a group of four jurors. Three of the four jurors must agree to the verdict. A judge pro tempore presides over the short trial. Jury fees are assessed against the appropriate parties. Short Trial cannot be mandated; it can be suggested as an option, in the event that parties opt out of mandatory arbitration.

Appropriate Cases: Most civil matters, including cases where parties opt out of arbitration and choose Short Trial as a binding ADR alternative, as well as arbitration appeal cases. Common case types include: tort motor vehicle non-death injuries, contracts, medical malpractice and tort non-motor vehicle claims.

See frequently asked questions about Civil Short Trial.

Settlement Conference

A settlement conference is a pre-trial meeting between parties with their attorneys (if parties are represented) and a judicial officer/judge pro tempore acting as a neutral facilitator, who evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of their case and assists them in reaching agreement.

See frequently asked questions about settlement conferences.

Settlement conferences are available for Civil, Family, and Probate matters.


Generally.  At parties' request or on its own, a court may require the parties to participate in one or more pretrial settlement conferences unless the action is a lower court appeal or is subject to compulsory arbitration under Rule 72.  For the complete version of Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, click here:  ARCP Rule 16.1

According to ARCP Rule 16.1 and Maricopa County Local Rule 3.11, the Court has discretion to direct parties in any civil case to a settlement conference to facilitate settlement.

Appropriate cases:  Tort motor vehicle non-death injuries, contracts, medical malpractice and tort non-motor vehicle claims.

Currently, court-annexed compulsory arbitration is under the Court’s Civil Division. For information about Arbitration, contact the Arbitration Office at 602-506-3850 or e-mail:


Duties to Consider and Attempt Settlement by Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR):  A.R.S Rules Family Law Procedure, Rule 66

Types of Alternative Dispute Resolution:  A.R.S. Rules Family Law Procedure, Rule 67

Appropriate Cases:  All pre-decree dissolution cases, paternity and maternity matters, as well as grandparent visitation cases.


Settlement Conference:  A.R.S. Rules Probate Procedure, Rule 22

Appropriate Cases:  Contested decedent estate cases, adult guardianship, and conservatorship matters.


Emelda Dailey
ADR Program Coordinator
Contact the ADR Office

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