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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Contact the ADR Department at (616) 456-2381 or by email at

Voluntary Facilitative Mediation (VFM)

  • Program Description
  • Mediator List
  • VFM Application Form All mediator applications received between January 1 and December 31 of the current year, which meet the qualifications of the VFM Program Description, will be eligible for consideration for openings, if any, on the following year's VFM panel.
  • VFM Report

Case Evaluation

Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE)

Prisoner Early Mediation (PEM) Program

Summary Jury Trials

  • An ADR method the Court may consider under LCivR 16.2.
  • Summary Jury Trials in the Western District of Michigan, narrated by the late Judge Richard Alan Enslen is an educational program produced by the Federal Judicial Center. Copies of the DVD are available for loan or viewing at the Clerk's Office in Grand Rapids.

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