Alternative Dispute Resolution

Most civil disputes are resolved without filing a lawsuit, and most civil lawsuits are resolved without a trial.  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a term used to describe various processes in which a neutral person helps people resolve their case without a trial. 

ADR is designed to take place as early as possible in the life of a case, to provide an opportunity to settle all or part of the case and keep litigation expense to a minimum. ADR is typically faster, cheaper and less stressful than going to court.  ADR also lets people resolve their disputes in a more private environment.

Parties in a civil case can use a mediator, arbitrator, or settlement conference neutral for assistance in resolving a case.  Click on the ADR Information Package for more information about our various ADR options.


This comprehensive guide to Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) provides information and resources to learn all about mediation and settling cases out of Court.

ADR Information Package

Judicial Mediation Program Information Sheet

Stipulation to ADR Form

volunteer settlement conference attorney recruitment

The Court is accepting applications from qualified attorneys to serve as volunteer settlement conference officers, conducting mandatory settlement conferences in a variety of civil cases. Attorneys must have practiced for at least 10 years and be in good standing and active members of the State Bar of California. The Court is seeking attorneys with substantial settlement experience.
More information about the program and recruitment.
Volunteer Settlement Conference Attorney Application
News Release

Application deadline: May 31, 2019