Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Maine Judicial Branch was an early pioneer in providing mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the courts, starting in the late 1970s. We continue to support the use of ADR in many different types of cases. Today, ADR is available through the Maine courts in Family Matters, Small Claims, evictions, civil and commercial cases, and in land use and environmental disputes. In some types of cases, the parties must participate in some form of ADR before they can proceed to a contested hearing. The Office of Court ADR maintains statewide rosters of neutrals who can provide mediation, arbitration, or early neutral evaluation in court cases.
Watch a short video about Mediation in Family Matters cases.
Watch a short video about Mediation in Small Claims and Eviction cases.
As of June, 2020, mediation is offered in Family Matters (FM) cases by telephone or video only. For a period of time until further notice, mediation will not take place in the courthouse.
Read here for information about telephone mediation.
Read here for information about video mediation using Zoom.
To find out who is on the statewide Superior Court ADR rosters for mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation in civil cases, go to the Directory of ADR Neutrals on Superior Court Rosters.
To find mediators on the District Court Civil Litigation Mediation Roster for civil cases, go to the Directory of District Court Civil Litigation Mediation Roster.
To find mediators on the Land Use/Environmental Mediation Roster, go to the Land Use/Environmental Mediation Roster.
More information about ADR in the Maine courts:
- What is alternative dispute resolution?
- In what types of cases is ADR available?
- What happens in mediation?
- How do I prepare for mediation in my Family Matters case?
- How do I select a mediator, arbitrator or early neutral evaluator for my Superior Court case?
- How do I become a mediator, arbitrator or early neutral evaluator for the court?
- How do I find out about the Land Use Mediation Program? (Click here to view the Land Use Mediation brochure).
- How do I find an survey to give feedback about my mediation? (Word)
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- How do I make a complaint about a mediator on the court rosters? (PDF) This file requires the free Adobe Reader.
- Where do I find the court rules that govern ADR in the Maine courts?
- What is the Office of Court ADR?
- Learn about the Foreclosure Diversion Program for foreclosure cases.
- Contact the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) staff.