Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program
Program DescriptionCoconino County Superior Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program offers mediation as an alternative to the traditional litigation process. Mediation is an informal process in which a neutral third party, a mediator, helps the parties to communicate with one another, to understand one another, and if possible, to reach an agreement that satisfies each party's needs.
MediationMediation gives the parties an opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the complaint or petition, clear up misunderstandings, determine the underlying interests or concerns, find areas of agreement and, ultimately, to incorporate those areas of agreement into a resolution. Some benefits to mediation are:
- The parties speak for themselves and make their own decisions.
- The parties have an opportunity to talk about what is important to them and hear other's different perspectives.
- Unlike courtroom proceedings which are open to the public, mediation is a confidential process. If you do not sign a written agreement in mediation and you decide to take your dispute to court, neither the mediator nor the participants in the mediation can testify in court about what happened during the mediation.
- Mediation is not an adversarial win / lose process.
- Mediation allows for more creative solutions than traditional litigation and can go beyond what the law would normally address.