Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to settle a civil claim between an injured party and a defendant. Instead of a mediator, you will have the benefit of a Judge to act as an impartial and objective person to assist the parties in resolving the case.
Some Judges are evaluative, and some Judges are neutral. Others use a combination of skilled techniques and their experience to help the parties resolve the dispute. A JDR is “without prejudice” and occurs at the courthouse in a private setting (not a courtroom) or by video conference. Typically, the Judge addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments on both sides and informally “evaluates” the case.
JDR is very useful when the parties are not close to agreement, or one or more parties need to have a Judge’s informal opinion on a matter or a complex legal issue.Return to Personal Injury Glossary