The North Dakota Judicial System encourages the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution or "ADR" as a potentially more cost effective means of resolving disputes. ADR may result in greater satisfaction of all participants.
|Alternative Dispute Resolution Brochure|
To facilitate Alternative Dispute Resolution, the State Court Administrator maintains a roster of neutrals who may be used by parties to disputes. Those on the roster meet certain minimum requirements for listing. Parties may use neutrals not on the roster.
|North Dakota Statewide ADR Neutral Roster|
|N.D.R.Ct. 8.9. Roster of Alternative Dispute Resolution Neutrals|
|Alternative Resolution Roster Application|
Within 60 days of filing of a lawsuit, parties must discuss ADR and file a statement as to whether it will be used.
|N.D.R.Ct. 8.8(a). Alternative Dispute Resolution|
ADR must be discussed at pretrial conferences.
|N.D.R.Civ.P. 16(a)(6). Pretrial Conferences; Scheduling; Management|
Judicial branch personnel may provide mediative court-sponsored settlement conferences to seek to resolve lawsuits.
|N.D.R.Ct. 8.8. Alternative Dispute Resolution|
A Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee has been appointed to study and make recommendations on the use and development of ADR in North Dakota.
|Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee|
|N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 43 - Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution|
The North Dakota courts have implemented a Family Mediation Pilot Project to provide an impartial and efficient forum for resolving disputed parental rights and responsibilities matters through the alternative dispute resolution process.
|N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. O. 17 - Family Mediation Pilot Project|
|Family Mediation Program Information|
|Guide for Participants in Family Mediation|
|Guide to General Family Law Resources|
|Parenting Investigations Information|