The most common forms of ADR are mediation, arbitration, and settlement conferences.
The Court maintains a panel of approved judicial arbitrators who have practiced law for a minimum of five years and who have a certain amount of trial and/or arbitration experience. The Court will pay the fees incurred if a panel arbitrator is used.
Please see the Amador Superior Court Local Rules of Court for more information regarding judicial arbitration.
Court Ordered Mediation
Court ordered mediation is non-binding on the participants. The goal of mediation is to reach a settlement acceptable to all parties. As such, the mediator acts as a neutral intermediary and attempts to facilitate a settlement.
The Court maintains a panel of approved mediators. The Court will pay up to three (3) hours of the mediator's time if a panel mediator is used.
Please see the Amador Superior Court Local Rules of Court for more information regarding mediation.
A settlement conference shares the same goal as mediation, i.e. to reach a settlement agreeable to all parties. Settlement conferences are conducted by a judicial officer.
Please see the Amador Superior Court Local Rules of Court for more information regarding settlement conferences.