United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Phyllis J. Hamilton, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Most civil cases are assigned at filing to the court's ADR Multi-Option Program. The goal of the program is early, cost-effective and fair resolution of civil cases. Through that program, or by direct referral from the assigned judge, the court offers four separate ADR processes. Use the links below to learn more about the court's ADR processes, or use our Quick Links to visit other parts of our site.

What's New In ADR:


 The ADR Program of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, is now accepting applications for the Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation panels.  Although there is a single application, these are separate panels; applicants may apply for either or both.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning immediately and must be received no later than Tuesday, December 23, 2014, to be considered.  For more information and the online application, please visit the Becoming a Neutral page, or call the Court's ADR Unit at 415-522-4205.