KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) —Kentwood’s 62-B District Court is starting a new mediation program.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, will offer mediation to more people, rather than taking their cases to court, it said in a Tuesday release.
When a case enters mediation instead of the court, a mediator helps people resolve disagreements outside of the courtroom by coming up with a solution both sides agree with.
The court hopes the plan will help resolve disputes while saving people time and money, as well as help preserve relationships.
“Court cases involve a significant financial and emotional investment,” 62-B District Court Judge Amanda Sterkenburg said in the release. “I am proud the 62-B District Court is offering this plan as a way to save time and money for those seeking resolution, preserve relationships and help each party walk away more satisfied.”
When a case is referred to mediation, the people involved will receive a letter telling them they can use the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan or a private mediator. An ADR clerk will work with them to make sure they understand the process and make sure mediation is completed.