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Alternative Dispute Resolution

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) describes processes that offer alternatives to litigation (a lawsuit in court). ADR helps the parties reach their own agreement to settle all of parts of their dispute. This method often uses an experienced mediator or arbitrator who acts as a private judge and helps the parties come to a solution. Methods include, but are not limited to, mediation, arbitration, fact-finding, consensus-building, early neutral evaluation, and settlement conferences.


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.
  • Private mediators, facilitators, and arbitrators are available throughout the state.


About the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

Learn more about CADR

Contact CADR

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.

Brochures and Other Publications



Training Update

CADR training opportunities for Hawaii State and City and County employees – Registration is now open for CADR’s Fall 2023 to Spring 2024 Training Schedule.  Please visit our training page for more information.


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