Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) means the process of resolving matters in pending litigation through a settlement conference, neutral case evaluation, neutral fact-finding, arbitration, mediation, other non-judicial dispute resolutions process, or combination of those processes. The Queen Anne's County Circuit Court encourages the use of ADR in accordance with Title 17 of the Maryland Rules of Procedure.
The Court maintains a list of approved mediators (PDF) (qualified by the Administrative Judge).
If you wish to become a mediator, please complete the appropriate form(s) and mail to:
Circuit Court for Queen Anne's County
100 Courthouse Square
Centreville, MD 21617
Additional information on Alternative Dispute Resolution is available at www.marylandmacro.org.
“Self evidently, there are areas where only the courts can usefully intervene, and that will always be the case. But, as the Maryland experience has underlined, there are huge trenches of human activity scarred by conflict where and adversarial route can only exacerbate the problem.
If instead, each party has a means of articulating their pain and their concern, and has that testimony heard and respected, a huge amount of impotent anger can be syphoned out. If a solution is hammered out on the basis of interpersonal negotiation, rather than on tablets of judicial stone, then neither party is likely to feel the sense of injured loss often engendered in a system only geared to winners and losers.”
Second Circuit Administrative Judge Thomas G. Ross, Clerk of Court, Scott MacGlashan, and ADR Chairperson, Robert Mueller recently appeared on QAC-TV to discuss the new Mediation Program in the Queen Anne's County Circuit Court. To watch the video, go to www.qactv.com. Click on "Circuit Court" > Click on "QA's New Mediation Program."
Forms for Mediator's use: