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Authority for court ADR derives from:

State office of court ADR:

No full-time state court ADR office.

Court ADR Processes Available:

  • Bankruptcy
    • Mediation
  • Child Custody & Visitation
    • Mediation
  • Child Protection & Dependency
    • Family Group Conferencing
  • Civil
    • Arbitration
    • Mediation
    • Settlement Conference
  • Juvenile
    • Restorative Justice
  • Medical Malpractice/Negligence
    • Mediation
  • Small Claims
    • Mediation

Environment in which court ADR functions:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 1998
    U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Law Revision Counsel. United States Code, Oct. 30, 1998
    Abstract: This act authorizes each United States District Court to require litigants in all civil cases to consider the use of ADR process. It provides the framework by which each district court should promulga...
  • Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990
    U.S. Congress. Dec. 1, 1990; amended Dec. 9, 2001
    Abstract: With this statute, each United States district court is required to develop a civil justice expense and delay reduction plan. As part of this plan, the act authorizes district courts to refer appropri...
  • Washington Revised Code 26.09.015: Mediation proceedings
    Washington State Legislature. Effective January 1, 2009
    Abstract: For marriage dissolution cases and parenting plan disputes, this section authorizes the court to refer parties to mediation and sets general guidelines for mediation proceedings. In addition to confid...
  • Washington Revised Code 26.09.15: Mediation in cases involving domestic violence or child abuse
    Washington State Legislature. 2007
    Abstract: This section stipulates that the court may only allow mediation for marriage dissolution cases in which there are allegations of domestic violence if the victim requests mediation and provisions are m...
  • Washington Revised Code 5.60.070: Mediation
    Washington State Legislature. May 21, 1991; amended effective January 1, 2006
    Abstract: This section sets confidentiality guidelines for court-ordered mediations conducted before Jan. 1, 2006. With few exceptions, the section prohibits communications made or materials submitted during th...
  • Washington Revised Code 7.70.100: Mandatory Mediation of Health Care Claims
    Revised Code of Washington, Adopted July 1, 1993
    Abstract: Revised Code of Washington section 7.70.100 explains the procedures for medical malpractice mediation. "All causes of action, whether based in tort, contract, or otherwise, for damages arising from i...
  • Washington Revised Code, Chapter 7.06: Mandatory arbitration of civil actions
    Washington State Legislature. July 1, 1980; revised 2011
    Abstract: For counties with populations of more than 100,000, this chapter requires mandatory arbitration for all civil actions involving less that $15,000 or the management of child support payments. For small...
  • Washington Revised Code, Chapter 7.07: Uniform Mediation Act
    Washington State Legislature. January 1, 2006
    Abstract: This statute sets guidelines for privilege and confidentiality of information exchanged during mediation. It also addresses prohibited mediator reports and mediator conflicts of interest.

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