The Massachusetts Trial Court offers court-connected ADR as an alternative to litigation in every Trial Court Department. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a generic term used to describe certain processes in which an impartial third person assists parties in settling a case without the need for trial.
Court-Connected ADR is governed by the Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution, Supreme Judicial Court Rule 1:18, which took effect in 1999 and are designed to offer litigants more options in resolving disputes. There are seven ADR processes defined in the Uniform Rules. The best known and most used ADR process is mediation.
Within the Executive Office of the Trial Court, the Coordinator of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Services provides technical assistance, advice and consultation to the Trial Court Departments in the operation of court-connected Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Services and provides professional staff assistance to the Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution. The Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution advises the Chief Justice of the Trial Court on the implementation and oversight of court-connected Alternative Dispute Resolution Services.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Information
- A Guide to Court-Connected Alternative Dispute Resolution Services
- A Guide to Court-Connected Alternative Dispute Resolution Services-Pamphlet Size
- Rule 8 of the Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution
- Rule 8 Guidelines
- Supreme Judicial Court Rule 1:18-The Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution Including Explanatory and Implementation Materials
- The Trial Court List of Court-Connected Approved Programs for Alternative Dispute Resolution Services
2015 ADR Application Process
- Application Process for Programs to provide dispute resolution services for the period of January 2, 2016 to December 31, 2018
- A Notice from the Chief Justice of the Trial Court Announcing the Commencement of the Application Process
- The Instructions for the Program Application and Reapplication
- The Re-Application for Existing Programs
- The Application for New Programs
- The Appendices
- Form 1 - The List of Neutrals who Satisfy the Standard Training Requirement or the Alternative Method
- Form 2 - The List of Neutrals Who Satisfy the Limited Exception for Training
- The Rule 8 Summary
- The Income Exempt Certificate for Boston Municipal Court and District Court Departments
- The Updated Agreement for Judgment - Relates to Exempt Income Certification
- Interim Guidelines for the Protection of Personal Identifying Data in Publicly Accessible Court Documents
- The Program Application Checklist
- If you have questions regarding court-connected dispute resolution services or the application process please send your inquiries to ADR@jud.state.ma.us.