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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Alternative Dispute Resolution


Effective January 1, 2018, Superior Court adopts a new Civil Rule of Procedure 16.1. This mandatory non-binding arbitration rule addresses previously identified issues. In this new rule, the lawyers are charged with meeting the deadlines and in running the arbitration process. See, e.g., Civil Rule 16.1(d)-(f). More importantly, the arbitration process does not interfere with the issuance of a case scheduling order. See Civil Rule 16.1(h).

Arbitration Rule 16.1 Reference Materials

Arbitration Guidelines

Superior Court Rule 16.1 Mandatory Non-Binding Arbitration

Arbitration Forms (Samples)