ADR Info Sheet.Rev. 03/11/09
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Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Information Packet
The person who files a civil lawsuit (plaintiff) must include the ADR Information Packet
with the complaint when serving the defendant. Cross complainants must serve the ADR
Information Packet on any new parties named to the action.
What Are The Advantages Of Using ADR?
Faster –Litigation can take years to complete but ADR usually takes weeks or months.
Cheaper – Parties can save on attorneys’ fees and litigation costs.
More control and flexibility – Parties choose the ADR process appropriate for their case.
Cooperative and less stressful – In mediation, parties cooperate to find a mutually
Preserve Relationships – A mediator can help you effectively communicate your
interests and point of view to the other side. This is an important benefit when you want
to preserve a relationship.
What Is The Disadvantage Of Using ADR?
You may go to court anyway – If you cannot resolve your dispute using ADR, you may
still have to spend time and money resolving your lawsuit through the courts.
What ADR Options Are Available?
Mediation – A neutral person (mediator) helps the parties communicate, clarify facts,
identify legal issues, explore settlement options, and agree on a solution that is acceptable
to all sides.
o Court Mediation Program: Mediators do not charge fees for the first two hours of
mediation. If parties need more time, they must pay the mediator’s regular fees.
The Court strongly encourages the parties to use some form of ADR before proceeding to
trial. You may choose ADR by:
Indicating your preference on Case Management Form CM-110;
Filing the Stipulation to ADR and Delay Initial Case Management Conference for
90 Days (a local form included with the information packet); or
Agree to ADR at your Initial Case Management Conference.
QUESTIONS? Call (510) 891-6055. Email email@example.com
Or visit the court’s website a