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What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Formal litigation - suing someone in court - has been used to resolve civil disputes for centuries. This traditional method of resolving disputes can be costly and time consuming. Many people don't know that there is another way of resolving disputes without going to court: it's called alternative dispute resolution.

Mediation and arbitration are two alternative dispute resolution processes available through the courts. These methods can be faster, less expensive, and more satisfying than litigation.

Information about Mediation Services

The Alternative Dispute Resolution programs encourage the use of ADR to the extent that it serves the interests of the involved parties. It is not intended to replace traditional litigation, only to supplement it, and to provide more flexibility in resolving disputes. The court has several mediation programs (PDF Document PDF) overseen by the ADR department. To learn more about medation and arbitration processes please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Mediation Services

If you are a party to a dispute and need information on mediation services please choose one of the following:

My case is in the District Court

My case is in the Juvenile Court

My case is in an Appellate Court
None of the above apply to my case
If your dispute is not involved in a case that is currently pending before the Court, or does not fall under a Court Sponsored Mediation program where a mediator is provided, you may contact a mediator on your own to help resolve your dispute. You can find information on mediators, including fees, by clicking on the name of a mediator or arbitrator on the court roster. If you require financial assistance, Utah Dispute Resolution (utahdisputeresolution.org) is a non-profit community mediation center that provides mediation services on a sliding fee scale.

Information for Mediators and Arbitrators

If you are a mediator or arbitrator currently on the court roster or if you are interested in applying to be on the roster please visit the Mediator/Arbitrator section.

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.

Page Last Modified: 2/7/2017
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