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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

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:

  • faster
  • less expensive
  • more creative, and
  • better tailored to the needs and underlying interests of the parties.

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.

ADR Documents:

ADR Plan Summary - 6/30/2016

ADR Plan - 3/6/2006

ADR Panel - 5/20/2020

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 521
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 752-7229
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