Bar News - May 19, 2006
ADR Information on Court Web sites
The state judicial branch Web site at www.courts.state.nh.us has a specific page bringing together all relevant information on Alternative Dispute Resolution programs in the courts.
These Alternative Dispute Resolution processes are less formal and provide the parties with a greater determination in the outcome, which increases party satisfaction. These processes also allow for the early disposition of cases without having to go through a full trial discovery process, which saves the parties significant expense and conserves scarce judicial resources.
Parties to civil lawsuits in all counties are required to participate in the ADR program, before their cases are scheduled for trial.
It provides links to the Superior Court site with information on Rule 170 mediation, including lists of court-certified Rule 170 volunteers; the role and process of mediation on marital matters in the Superior Court and the Family Division, with a link to updated lists of certified marital mediators and neutral evaluators. In some courts, grant funds can be accessed to pay for mediation services.
The link also connects to recent innovations in the court system, Probate Court Mediation, and the year-old Small Claims Mediation program.
Federal District Court
In the US District Court, District of New Hampshire, mediation also is available for some cases. For information on mediation in the federal court, click on “Case Processing” link on the home page at www.nhd.uscourts.gov and look for the “Mediation” link.