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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Neutrals and Forms

Neutral List - List including contact information and specialties of Certified Neutrals for the Eastern District of Missouri as approved by the Court. 

Notice of Non-Court Certified Neutral Request - This Notice must be completed and filed electronically, accompanied by a Joint Motion for Leave to Designate a Non-Court Certified Neutral. Neutral.  (In CM/ECF, a Motion event can be found under Civil - Motions and Related Filings - Motions - Leave to Designate a Non-Court Certified Neutral.) By completing this form, the applicant states that she or he has completed the requirements and has been approved as a Court-Certified Neutral with a Federal District Court other than the Eastern District of Missouri.

Pro Bono Neutral Compensation

Compliance Report

Completed Compliance Report and Email Address Form shall be submitted to the attention of Betty Ann Skrien, Executive Assistant to Clerk of Court, at or 111 South Tenth Street, Room 3.300, St. Louis, MO  63102.

Designation of Neutral

Motion and Order Concerning Appointment of Pro Bono Neutral

Neutral Application

Completed Applications shall be submitted to the attention of Betty Ann Skrien, Executive Assistant to Clerk of Court, at or 111 South Tenth Street, Room 3.300, St. Louis, MO 63102.

Qualifications for Neutral Certification

  • File an application for certification on a form provided by the Clerk for approval by the Court
  • Be admitted to practice law in the highest court of any state or the District of Columbia for at least five years
  • Be a member in good standing in each jurisdiction where admitted to practice law at the time of application
  • Have completed at least thirty-two (32) hours of approved professional training in mediation
  • Observe as a non-participant at least two mediations conducted by a mediator who has completed at least twenty-five (25) mediations and is either certified under this rule or qualified under Missouri Supreme Court Rule 17
  • Agree to serve for reduced or no compensation from a party who has qualified pursuant to 16-6.03 (C)(2) for appointment of a pro bono neutral
  • Complete four (4) hours of accredited continuing legal education in alternative dispute resolution on or before January 31 of each even numbered year beginning with an initial reporting period in 2019 for the two preceding years
  • After completing twenty-five mediations as a certified neutral, agree to be observed for two mediations each year by interested individuals who would otherwise be qualified for certification under the rules of this Court

Order of Referral

Limited Representation Appearance

Motion for Appointment of ADR Pro Bono Limited Scope Counsel


ADR Local Rules and Duties of Participants

Local Rules - ADR Local Rules can be found in section 6  under "Alternative Dispute Resolution"

Local Rule 6.02 – Duties of Participants: Counsel for all parties is directed to review E.D.Mo. Local Rule 6.02 in its entirety.  The Court specifically notes the General Attendance Requirements as set forth below:  

(1)     Attendance and Participation: All named parties and their counsel are required to attend the ADR conference, participate in good faith, and possess the requisite settlement authority unless excused under this Rule. The attendance requirement is satisfied by appearing in person or by video conference, unless in-person attendance is Ordered by the Court or required by the neutral. Unless excused by the neutral for good cause shown, when appearing by video conference, persons must be visibly present in front of their camera with audio and video turned on so that audio and visual interaction with all parties can occur.

(2)     Disclosure of Participants and Manner of Attendance:  Not later than fourteen (14) days prior to the ADR Conference, each party will provide to all parties, and to the neutral, a list of all persons who will participate in the ADR Conference on behalf of the party making the disclosure.  This list shall state the names of the individuals attending and their general job titles and shall state whether each person is attending in person or by videoconference.

(3)     Contesting Attendance: Any party contesting the manner of attendance listed in another party’s disclosure, or the lack of attendance by any party who would be necessary in any way to achieve settlement, must inform the neutral in writing of their contest, simultaneously copying all counsel, no fewer than ten (10) days prior to the date set for the conference. The neutral may contact the parties and attempt to resolve the contest but must make a final determination in writing to all parties on attendance requirements no fewer than seven (7) days prior to the date set for the conference.  The neutral may allow attendance by videoconference, require in-person attendance, or excuse attendance. Any party contesting any attendance determination by the neutral may file a motion with the Court no fewer than four (4) days prior to the date set for the conference, stating the reasons for the objection to the neutral’s determination and providing alternatives for attendance compliance. The Court may Order attendance by videoconference, in-person attendance, or excuse attendance; or the Court may enter any other appropriate Order necessary for the attendance of the parties.  On its own authority, the Court may alter the deadlines set forth this in section.  


ADR Procedures and Survey

Procedures for ADR Referrals - District Judges

Procedures for ADR Referrals - Magistrate Judges

ADR Participant Survey


Preparing for Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation