After the Court determines the suitability of a case for ADR, the Court directs
the attorneys to the ADR Office to initiate the ADR process. This process
begins with the attorneys doing the following, upon arriving at the ADR Office:
After the ADR Neutral has been selected, the ADR Office issues a Notice of Assignment, sending a copy to the
assigned Neutral and all parties to the dispute. The Neutral is requested to
contact the parties within 10 days of the date of assignment. However if for
some reason this does not occur, it is Plaintiff's responsibility to contact
the Neutral to schedule a hearing date and learn about the Neutral's
expectations in terms of preparation.
The cost varies, depending on the whether the parties select a neutral from the
Court's Random Select or Party Select Panels, or choose a private neutral.
Party Select Panel
The Party Select Panel consists of Neutrals who have achieved a specified level of
experience in court-connected cases. The parties (collectively) may be charged
$150.00 per hour for the first three (3) hours of hearing time. Thereafter, the
parties may be charged for additional hearing time on an hourly basis at
rates established by the mediator if the parties consent in writing.
The market rate for private neutrals can range from $200-$1,000 per hour.
How Long Does It Take?
The time for an ADR procedure varies, depending upon the complexity of the
case. Most cases require only one meeting to come to a resolution, but some
cases may require additional sessions. All of these ADR processes must be
completed by a date set by the judge, usually within 90 days of the date on
which the judge referred the case to an ADR process.
Requests For ADR Hearing Continuances
Requests for continuances cannot exceed 20 days and may be granted for good
cause by the ADR Neutral (LASC Local Rule 12.11).
An ADR hearing may be extended beyond the completion date only by Court order
upon the motion of a party.
There is no statutory authority for imposing a continuance fee.
ADR Completion Dates
Arbitration hearings must be completed within 90 days from the date of
assignment [CRC 1607(c)].*
Mediation hearings must be completed within 60 days from the date of
assignment. That period may be extended by the Court up to 30 days upon showing
of good cause [CRC 1637(b)].*
For Limited Jurisdiction cases, mediation and arbitration hearings must be
completed within 120 days [CCP 1141.11(d)].*
* Unless otherwise ordered by the Court.
What Are My Responsibilities If A Case Settles Before
The ADR Session?
If a settlement occurs prior to a scheduled mediation or arbitration, counsel
for the parties, or parties themselves, must notify the mediator or arbitrator
and the ADR Clerk immediately and in no case less than two (2) days prior to
the time set for hearing (LASC Local Rule 12.5).
What Are My Responsibilities After The ADR Session?
Send a completed Follow-Up Survey to the ADR Office within 10 days of the last
Enter a dismissal in order to have future status conferences, mandatory
settlement conferences, or trial dates vacated.