A process in which each party and their attorney present their opinion, either before a selected representative for each party (i.e., the president of a company), before a neutral third party, or both to define the issues and develop a basis for realistic settlement negotiations. A neutral third party may issue an advisory opinion regarding the merits of the case. The advisory opinion is not binding unless the parties agree that it is binding and enter into a written settlement agreement.
A hybrid of mediation and arbitration in which the parties initially mediate their disputes; but if they reach impasse, they arbitrate the deadlocked issues.
Parties may by agreement create an ADR process. They shall explain their process in the Informational Statement that is filed with the court.