What is alternate dispute resolution?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an umbrella term for a full range of dispute resolution methods (such as arbitration, mediation, etc.), both private and court-connected, designed to help parties resolve their conflicts. In the courts of Arizona, ADR supports a wide range of alternative programs to assist parties in settling pending court disputes without resorting to trial. Court-connected ADR programs are offered in many Superior Court Divisions, such as the Civil, Family, and Probate Divisions. ADR also serves the Justice Courts.