​​Judicial Resolutions Colorado


​​All forms of dispute resolution outside of court are referred to as "ADR" or "alternative dispute resolution."  Mediation and arbitration are the two most common processes used as alternatives to litigation in the courts.  Which will you choose: litigation, mediation or arbitration?

Mediation is a voluntary settlement process in which the parties to the dispute or lawsuit, with the assistance of the mediator, attempt to come to a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement.

Arbitration is a process, much like a trial, in which the parties present evidence and the arbitrator, an impartial third-party professional, makes a final and binding decision.

Except in the most unusual situations, parties should always try mediation first. If it is unsuccessful, which is highly unlikely, they can then proceed with arbitration or litigation.

For more detailed information, see the separate descriptions of mediation and arbitration below.