Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)


Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) means any process designed to resolve a legal dispute in the place of court adjudication. ADR includes:
  • Case evaluation under MCR 2.403
  • Domestic relations mediation under MCR 3.216
  • Mediation under MCR 2.411
  • Procedures provided by local court rule or ordered on stipulation of the parties; e.g. arbitration, summary jury trial
  • Settlement conferences ordered under MCR 2.401
All civil cases are subject to ADR processes unless otherwise provided by statute or court rule.


The Court relies upon mediation as an alternative dispute resolution process because mediation enables the Court to streamline its docket by enabling people to take advantage of this timely and affordable alternative to the litigation process. Through mediation, people are empowered to control the outcome of their disputes.
  1. ADR Plan (PDF)

    Take a look at the plan designed for any process designed to resolve a legal dispute in the place of court adjudication.

  2. Applications

    If you are an eligible person desiring to serve as a general civil mediator and/or a domestic relations mediator, find out how to apply.

  3. Case Evaluation

    Arrange a case evaluation with the 13th Circuit Court.

  4. Domestic Relations Mediator (PDF)

  5. Facilitative Mediation

    Facilitative mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process in which a neutral third party facilitates confidential communication between the parties in an attempt to help them reach a mutually agreeable resolution.

  6. Final Settlement Conference

    Find out when settlement conferences are held so that you can be present and informed.

  7. General Civil Mediators (PDF)

  8. Mediation Evaluation Form (PDF)

    Provide feedback on how your mediation went.

  9. Mediation Protocols (PDF)

    View the protocols that the 13th Circuit court follows when it comes to mediation.