Superior Court of California, County of Solano

Superior Court of California, County of Solano

Fairfield Branch | Vallejo Branch

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Email: ADR@solano.courts.ca.gov
Phone: 707-207-7439
Attorney Profiles: ADR Panel Member Database

The court encourages parties to resolve their case prior to trial by participating in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). The court offers several ADR options: mediation, arbitration, and neutral evaluation. Each of these programs provides a rather informal way of examining the issues in dispute so that the case may be resolved in a speedy but fair manner. ADR is voluntary and confidential. It eliminates a lot of the cost, risk, and stress of litigation. It also provides the parties with more flexibility and control over the process. Parties should consider ADR as early as possible in the litigation.

Mediation

Contact: 707-207-7413

In mediation, each party presents his or her view of the case. A neutral mediator then helps the parties negotiate a settlement, and may meet privately with each party, back and forth, to achieve this. If no settlement is reached, the case is referred back to the judge to proceed with litigation. Mediation is the most popular form of ADR.

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Arbitration

Contact: 707-561-7439

In arbitration, each party presents his or her evidence. A neutral arbitrator, acting somewhat like a judge, reviews the evidence and makes a decision as to which party prevails. The arbitration may or may not be binding. If it is not binding and at least one of the parties rejects the arbitrator's decision, the case is referred back to the judge to proceed with litigation.

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Neutral Evaluation (HENCE)

Contact: 707-207-7439

In neutral evaluation (Helpful Early Neutral Case Evaluation), the parties meet with a neutral evaluator early in the litigation to discuss the case. The evaluator helps the parties identify and clarify the central issues of the dispute, assess the merits of the case, assist with discovery planning, promote the informal exchange of information, and facilitate the settlement process.

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Payment for ADR

The court requires the fees for ADR to be split equally by the parties at the rate set by the mediator/arbitrator/evaluator unless otherwise ordered by the court. Fees are usually charged on an hourly basis. The court offers "no fee" mediation to parties who cannot afford to pay for mediation. A party may request "no fee" mediation at the Case Management Conference or by filing a "Stipulation and Order – Alternative Dispute Resolution" and attaching a declaration stating why mediation services should be provided at no cost to the parties.

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Civil Mediation Centers

The court maintains a civil mediation center in the Vallejo courthouse and in the Fairfield courthouse where a mediation, arbitration, or neutral evaluation may be held. To reserve a room, or two rooms, at one of the court's civil mediation centers, call 707-207-7413. The civil mediation center in Fairfield provides a list of the attorneys on the ADR panel and any ADR forms required for those who do not have internet access.

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ADR Panel

The court maintains a panel of attorneys who serve as mediators, arbitrators, and/or evaluators in Solano County cases and who have expertise relevant to the type of case filed. If the parties select an attorney who is not on the panel, the selection must be approved by the court. To obtain contact information and profiles of the attorneys on the panel, click: ADR Panel Member Database

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ADR Forms

To initiate the ADR process, a party may select "ADR" on the Case Management Conference Statement and request ADR at the Case Management Conference or submit a "Stipulation and Order – Alternate Dispute Resolution" to the court. A party must also submit an evaluation form after the ADR process is completed. To obtain the necessary forms, click:

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Helpful Links

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