Annually, less than 1.5 percent of civil cases filed in Michigan’s circuit courts are resolved through trial

...meaning that most cases are resolved without a trial circuit taking place. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes are now an integral component of many trial courts’ case management systems, and litigants are increasingly exploring how ADR techniques can help achieve more timely, cost effective, and mutually satisfactory settlements earlier in the litigation life cycle. This resource describes an array of ADR processes that may help parties more quickly, economically, and creatively resolve their dispute.