Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

A Message from the ADR ADMINISTRATOR

Welcome to the home page for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program at the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. This web page provides information about the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Please feel free to contact the ADR Administrator by letter, telephone, or e-mail for further information about the Court’s ADR program and how ADR can help you.
The Court’s ADR program offers litigants a number of non-binding alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options that may resolve cases fairly, efficiently and with less expense than cases that are fully litigated. ADR processes offer numerous advantages over litigation. In contrast to litigation and adjudication at trial, ADR may lead to resolutions that are:

Counsel and litigants are encouraged to consider using the Court’s ADR program, including its highly trained and experienced panel of arbitrators and mediators, as well as judicial officers available for settlement conferencing.

This ADR web page includes:

ADR Plan Summary - 6/30/2016

ADR Plan - 3/6/2006

ADR Panel - 4/26/2017

ADR Panel Application - 4/10/2008

Mediation Briefing Guidelines- 6/30/2016

We have committed substantial resources to our ADR program because we are confident that litigants who use ADR can in many cases save significant money and time, as well as retain greater control over the uncertainties of litigation outcomes through structured negotiation and settlement.

For more information or questions contact:
Berry B. Mitchell, Ph.D.
United States District Court
District of Rhode Island
1 Exchange Terrace, Room 203
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 752-7229
Email Address: Berry_Mitchell@rid.uscourts.gov