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.

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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


Foreclosure Mediation Pilot Project


Brochures, Newsletters, and Other Publications



Updates and Upcoming Events

Check out the June 2015 ADR Times, which includes a summary of CADR's May 7, 2015, brown-bag forum, "Mindful Listening & Speech."

Read about "Joint Fact Finding: Sharing Information to Achieve Consensus" in the May 2015 ADR Times. Complex, multiparty negotiations that require technical information for decision making may become mired in dueling experts...More

An apology is an expression of remorse in which the offending party recognizes that an act caused harm, accepts responsibility more about "'I'm Sorry': The Role of Apology in Mediation" in the April 2015 ADR Times.


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