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Since July of 1992, a court supervised arbitration program has been in place in the District Court to provide a simplified procedure for obtaining a prompt, economical and equitable resolution of certain civil cases.  Subject to certain exceptions, all civil cases commenced in District Court that have a probable jury award value not in excess of $50,000 per plaintiff are subject to the program.  This form of alternative dispute resolution allows litigants to obtain relief outside the formal court setting.

Every contested civil case filed in District Court flows through the Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Office.  The ADR Commissioner examines over 6,500 files each year to determine whether a case remains in District Court or is directed to arbitration or other form of ADR.  Among other duties, the ADR Commissioner is charged with resolving any problems that arise from proceedings while in ADR, and is appointed by and responsible to the full complement of District Court Judges.

At the direction of the ADR Commissioner, the ADR staff processes, opens and randomly assigns to arbitrators on the approved panel of over 300 qualified arbitrators approximately 4,000 cases per year, in addition to monitoring all arbitration proceedings to conclusion, whether by award, settlement or return to the District Court trial docket.  The program successfully resolves over 75% of the cases assigned to it.  Any matter not resolved in arbitration automatically enters the Short Trial Program (“STP”) subject to a party’s timely right to file a request to remove the case from the STP and return it to the District Court trial docket.  Parties may agree to bypass arbitration altogether and utilize Mediation or enter the Short Trial Program directly.

The arbitration program is overseen by the ADR Office, which also administers the Nevada Mediation Program and the Short Trial Program.  The ADR Office is always available to solve problems concerning the arbitration program.  Please call (702) 671-4493 if you have any questions.  Rules and Forms are available to download at no cost on this web site.  We have added the ability to purchase the Nevada ADR Rules and Forms on a floppy disk in addition to the rules and form packets available for purchase at the ADR Office.

Form Packets and Rules

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