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Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs
 
The Mecklenburg County District Courts utilize Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedures in both Superior and District Court. Both courts in the 26th Judicial District and the Mecklenburg County Bar recognize that alternatives to litigation often provide better means of resolving disputes. The purpose of these ADR procedures is to expedite resolution and reduce costs to litigants.

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs have become mandatory in all Superior Court civil actions and in District Court civil cases, mediation in child custody/visitation cases, and equitable distribution proceedings. For additional information on Mecklenburg County guidelines for ADR reference the District Local Rules. Arbitrators, evaluators, and mediators are referred to as neutrals.

The following techniques for resolving disputes short of trial are available in the 26th Judicial District:

Superior Court ADR methods District Court ADR methods
Arbitration Abuse and Neglect Mediation
Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) Court Ordered Arbitration
Mediated Settlement Conferences Child Custody Mediation
Summary Jury Trials Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE)
  Family Financial Settlement Program
  Judicial Settlement Conferences

In the event the parties cannot reach agreement on the ADR procedure and the neutral, the court will specify Mediated Settlement Conference as the designated ADR procedure and will appoint a mediator from a list of approved mediators maintained by the Trial Court Administrator.

For contact phone and fax numbers, reference the Court Telephone Directory.
 
 
 
   
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