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.
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.
According to ARCP Rule 16 and Maricopa County Local Rule 3.11, the Court has discretion to direct parties in any civil case to a conference to facilitate settlement.
Settlement Confence: All pre-decree dissolution cases, paternity and maternity matters, as well as grandparent visitation cases can go to conference to facilitate settlement.
ADR Post-Decree Mediation/Settlement Conference: We have an opportunity to collaborate with the Arizona Legal Center at ASU to provide Post Decree Mediations/Settlement Conferences. A student mediator and an attorney mediator will use a co-mediation model to address post decree matters. This will allow us to expand our Settlement Conference services and allow ASU law students to learn mediation techniques under the supervision of practicing attorneys in a real life setting. The conferences will take place at the downtown ASU law school. The following criteria will be used:
- Cases with 2 self-represented parties or at least one attorney at the time of the referral.
- Any post decree matters except those involving only support (single issue support matters should go to the Post Decree Specialty Courts with Conference Officers and Commissioners).
- Voluntary Participation (parties must agree to participate in the service).
- Parties must be present before the judicial officer at the time of the referral so they have the ability to volunteer and get notice of the conference.
- Ex-parte referral minute entries will not be accepted unless there is a stipulation to participate.
Contested decedent estate cases, adult guardianship, and conservatorship matters can go to conference to facilitate settlement.
Family Private Mediator Roster
Mediation is a process where two or more people who are having a problem sit down with a mediator (an expert on problem-solving) to consider possible solutions.
The mediator does NOT tell people what to do or give legal advice! The mediator helps them look at all the solutions that might work to respond to the problem and the consequences related to making a particular decision. The mediator knows how people can make the best decisions for their particular situation.
Under ARCP, Rule 16(g)(1), effective December 1, 2001, the court may direct parties in any action to submit their dispute to a court authorized ADR Program. Under Rule 16(g)(2), parties to disputes have a duty to consider ADR, confer with one another about using an ADR process within 90 days of the first appearance, and report the outcome of their conference to the court within 30 days after their conference. Judges will issue a minute entry, corresponding to a specific ADR Program, to refer a matter to ADR.
Currently, court-annexed compulsory arbitration is under the Court’s Civil Division. For information about Arbitration, contact the Arbitration Office at 602-506-3850.
ADR Program Coordinator
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