UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
District of Utah
Honorable Ted Stewart, Chief Judge | D. Mark Jones, Clerk
Alternative dispute resolution or ADR generally refers to a broad range of processes designed to assist parties to resolve disputes. Under local rule DUCivR 16-2 and the ADR Plan, the District of Utah offers two less-formal dispute resolution methods: arbitration and mediation. The District offers these at a small fee to the parties, and referral to ADR is made on a voluntary basis unless the presiding judge otherwise orders. Civil cases filed in the District, except those excluded under DUCivR 16-2(c), may opt either for arbitration or mediation. Bankruptcy adversary proceedings, appeals from Bankruptcy Court, and reviews of judgments from administrative law forums, however, qualify only for mediation.
To opt into ADR before discovery is complete, parties may elect arbitration or mediation on the Certification of Selection of ADR form that the District Court requires each party to submit with the attorney report. After discovery, parties may still opt for ADR by submitting a motion and proposed order for referral to ADR to the presiding judge. Parties select their arbitrator or mediator from a list of experienced attorneys that the Court has appointed to serve as neutrals.
With approximately ninety-five percent of all civil cases being resolved before trial, ADR can serve as an effective tool for early case evaluation and resolution, resulting in less time and lower costs than traditional litigation. For more information about the Court's ADR Program, contact Amy Pehrson at 801-524-6122 or Michelle Peart at 801-524-6135.
ADR Roster NeutralsParties may select an arbitrator or mediator from a roster of highly experienced and court-appointed attorneys who specialize in a variety of legal areas. Parties also may request a neutral who is not on the roster to serve pro tem as the arbitrator or mediator. The Court requires all of its ADR roster neutrals to have practiced law for at least ten years and to complete ADR training. However, pro tem neutrals may be any person with subject matter expertise who has been approved by the Court. All arbitrators and mediators serve at no expense to the parties.