Are litigants required to participate in an alternate dispute resolution process?

Depending on the amount in controversy, and jurisdiction of the dispute, parties may have to voluntarily submit to non-binding arbitration. The Arizona Supreme Court amended Civil Rule 16(g) regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution (Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure). Under the newly amended Rule 16(g), parties to Civil disputes have a duty to consider ADR, confer with one another about using an ADR process, and report the outcome of their conference to the court.