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Alternative Dispute Resolution

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) describes processes that offer alternatives to litigation (filing and proceeding with a lawsuit), and provides opportunities for early, party-driven and fair resolution of conflicts. Methods include, but are not limited to, mediation, arbitration, fact-finding, consensus-building, early neutral evaluation, and settlement conferences. The purpose of ADR is to facilitate settlements and agreements on issues defined by the parties.


How can ADR help in my case?

It may:

  • Produce greater satisfaction with results
  • Create more flexibility, control and participation
  • Lead to a better understanding of the case
  • Improve case management
  • Reduce communication barriers


How do I find ADR services?

  • Community mediation centers offer mediation services by trained mediators statewide to assist in helping in the resolution of various types of disputes.
  • Private mediators, facilitators, and arbitrators are available throughout the state.


About the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (Center) is dedicated to making ADR processes broadly available to Hawaii citizens and agencies of state and local government.

Learn more about the Center

Contact the Center


Why does the Court offer ADR?

A message from the Chief Justice.


Frequently Asked Questions


Volunteer Settlement Master Process

The VSM process may help you settle your divorce disputes.


Kauai Contested Divorce Mediation


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Free public forum – “Coming to America: Who Should We Welcome, What Should We Do?” will be held at the Hawaii State Capitol on April 4, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Register online.

CADR collaborated with scholars from the Columbia Law School Mediation Clinic, and Hawaii ADR and Bar organizations to put on a series of events during the week of March 12th, including a panel discussion, “Indigenous Conflict Resolution: Practice and Integration.”  Read more about this collaborative venture.

CADR training opportunities for state and county employees – CADR’s Training Schedule for February to June 2018 is now available. Please visit our training page for more information.



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