Court ADR Across Illinois is a comprehensive reference for information on court ADR in both the state and federal courts of Illinois. To the left, you will find information on Court ADR in Illinois by jurisdiction, practice type and process type. In Jurisdiction, you will find information on programs in both Illinois state and federal trial and appellate courts. In Practice Area, you will find information IL civil, criminal, family, juvenile, and small claims ADR court programs. Finally, in Process Type, you will find information on Illinois arbitration, mediation, restorative justice, and settlement conference court programs.
Leadership and Court ADR Office
In Illinois, the court ADR programs have developed as a result of leadership from local courts and bar associations who have worked to establish programs in individual judicial circuits in Illinois. They have received support from other judges and former judges across the state, including RSI Executive Committee members.
Currently, in Illinois, there is no stand-alone court ADR office with a dedicated staff or budget in either the state or federal court systems. However, the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts does provide staff support to the Illinois Judicial Conference Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinating Committee. Additionally, Illinois state and federal courts do include court rules and forms for their ADR programs on their web sites to the same extent they provide other rules and forms.
Even though there is no stand-alone court ADR office in Illinois, what distinguishes Illinois from other states is the fact that Illinois has Resolution Systems Institute. RSI exists solely to provide the most comprehensive source of court ADR and to assist courts in making more effective use of alternative methods of dispute resolution. RSI has assisted local courts in developing mediation programs when there has been no other support available and in creating systems for monitoring and evaluating those programs. To learn more about how RSI can assist with creating and assisting court programs, check out our work.
Note: Court ADR efforts are dynamic. While RSI works to maintain all resources in a timely manner, visitors may want to seek the original source material. (See RSI's Disclaimer, Privacy & Copyright policy.) Updates or suggestions of additional information on court ADR programs in Illinois are welcome. To provide information, contact RSI. To find resources related to states outside Illinois, go to Court ADR Across the US.
COVID-19 Court Information
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