CAADRS / ADR Updates

What’s New

Across the Country. . .

The AFCC Resource Development Committee has announced its second Innovation Mini-Grant Program. The purpose of the Mini-Grant is to help turn an innovative idea into an effective program, which can then be replicated in other communities. This year, one $5,000 grant will be awarded to provide parenting coordination services to parents that would otherwise not be able to afford this intervention. Anyone may apply for funding; however, preference will be given to programs developed or administered by AFCC members. For more information about the Innovation Mini-Grant criteria and application guidelines, please view the Resource Development Committee page at

The Revised Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators has been approved by all three participating organizations: the American Bar Association, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the American Arbitration Association. For more information, see

The ADR Handbook for Judges, published by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, is now available. The book is designed to give judges, court administrators, neutrals, lawyers, and others interested in court ADR a step-by-step guide to program design, implementation, and evaluation in 12 court contexts. For more information or to order a copy, contact the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution by mail at 740 15th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20005-1009; by telephone at (202) 662-1680; by fax at (202) 662-1683; by email at; or on the Internet at

In Illinois. . .

The Illinois Supreme Court has adopted Article IX, Child Custody Proceedings - Rule 905, which mandates that each judicial circuit establish a mediation program for cases involving custody and visitation. The rule is effective January 1, 2007. For more information, see the Supreme Court Rules.

The 6th, 11th, and 17th Judicial Circuits established mediation programs for financial disputes in divorce cases in 2005.

The Cook County Law Division Court-Annexed Mediation Program is offering an ongoing series of continuing education seminars.

The First District Appellate Court of Illinois instituted a mediation program for most civil cases. The program began in January 2005.

Legislation enabling the use of mediation in state appellate courts was signed by Governor Blagojevich on July 22, 2004, and is now in effect as Public Act 093-0801.

The Uniform Mediation Act took effect in Illinois on January 1, 2004. See 710 ILCS 35 for the full text of the Act.

On this Site. . .

An evaluation of the 2nd Judicial Circuit judicial mediation pilot program is now available.

We have posted an article on what happens to cases that do not settle in settlement conferences.

An article on the impact of the UMA on court mediation programs in Illinois has been posted.

We have posted a listing of mediation opportunities available to poor and low-income litigants.

Statistics for major civil case mediation programs in Illinois were updated in January 2006.