Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures in Alabama with Mediation Model

Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures in Alabama with Mediation Model, 2015 updateAlso known as the Gold Handbook, Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures in Alabama with Mediation Model, is available for download as a pdf file!

Updated in 2021!
This is the fifth edition of the handbook first published in 2015. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is increasingly used to resolve disputes before a lawsuit is filed, in the trial stage, and at the appellate level. Building on the work of the earlier ADR Committees, the Dispute Resolution Section continues to work diligently to inform, educate, and promote ADR throughout the state.

pdf Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures in Alabama with Mediation Model (2021 update) (pdf)

By providing this book, we hope we give you every reason to use mediation more.  

You may also download mediation forms at the website, at Court ADR -> Mediation Forms.  Just style these forms for your court, and use. 

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ADR Procedures in Alabama with Mediation Model

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Private Judges

The Alabama Private Judge Act authorized the appointment of former or retired judges to serve as private judges in certain district and circuit court cases. - More -


Arbitration agreements, are often found in pre-printed consumer contracts. They require parties to the contract to resolve disputes in binding arbitration, rather than in court before a judge and/or jury. - More -


Mediation is a confidential, informal process during which an impartial third party, the mediator, assists disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement regarding their dispute.

  • General Mediation offers a path to resolving many disputes. - More -
  • Family Mediation offers divorce and family mediation for parenting, divorce and post-divorce issues. - More -
  • Forclosure Prevention and Mortgage Modification Mediation offers specially-trained mediators to assist Alabama citizens with foreclosure and mortgage problems by mediating between the homeowner and the mortgage holder. - More -

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