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Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") processes are alternative methods of helping people resolve legal problems before going to court. ADR involves an independent third person, called a "neutral" who tries to help resolve or narrow the areas of conflict.
The use of ADR early in a case can result in the more efficient, cost-effective resolution of disputes with greater satisfaction to the parties. A great majority of the civil cases, including marital dissolutions (divorces), filed in Minnesota state courts are settled by using ADR.
Minnesota courts recognize the effectiveness of ADR as a tool for settling disputes. In response, the courts provide parties and their attorneys, if parties are represented, with ADR information when they file a civil case. ADR in the MN State Court System provides an overview of the ADR process. The brochure is available in Word or in Rich Text.
The current roster for ADR Neutrals may be viewed by selecting either civil or family listings and the type of experience you need your neutral to have. You may also search the roster by county. For the entire list of civil or family neutrals, please select "Any Experience" from the experience drop down menu.
Search the roster of ADR neutrals
Neutrals on this roster are considered "qualified" under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts. Qualified neutrals are not certified or licensed in the field of ADR. In choosing an ADR neutral, you should inquire about the qualifications and experience of the neutral. Roster information is current up to the publication date displayed at the top of this document.