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U.S. DISTRICT COURT

District of Idaho

Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill

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U.S. Courts District of Idaho Seal
Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush
ADR
General ADR Practices

General ADR Practices

The Court encourages the use of all ADR options available and recommends the use of the Court’s mediation program. Counsel will be expected to have discussed ADR with their client(s) prior to the Rule 16 scheduling conference and to report at that conference on their client’s willingness to participate in ADR, as well as which form is preferable.

The Court will discuss ADR options during the scheduling conference, and order ADR if agreed to by all parties.

ADR Options:

  • Mediation
  • Judicially assisted settlement conference
  • Arbitration                                           

ADR Plan:  If the parties are asked to submit an ADR Plan, the plan shall include the specific ADR option selected, the name of the ADR provider and the date by which the ADR option will be completed. The ADR plan is electronically filed.

Settlement Conference: The parties may request a settlement conference supervised by a magistrate judge at any time, so long as there is sufficient time prior to the trial date. When all parties agree to a judicially supervised settlement conference, it will be set on a mutually agreeable date, and a settlement conference order will issue. 

Mediation: If the parties choose to engage in mediation, they may notify the Court and an order of referral to mediation will be issued. The Court maintains a Mediation Panel roster of qualified mediators. A Mediation Status Report is due within ten (10) days of the conclusion of the ADR process, and should be submitted by the Mediator to the Court’s ADR Coordinator.  

Arbitration: The Court will only refer a case to arbitration if the parties stipulate to the referral.

Settlement Conference Questionnaire

Submittal Instructions

The parties must submit the attached Settlement Conference Questionnaire one week prior to the date of the Settlement Conference. Call Chambers for delivery options.

Settlement Conference Questionnaire-REB
Judge Bush's Settlement Conference Questionnaire
Applicable Rules - ADR

Alternative Dispute Resolution:  Dist. Idaho L. Rule 16.4



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