To help courts speed resolution of disputes, prevent overcrowding and save taxpayers' money, the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution encourages alternatives to traditional litigation. These alternatives give litigants lower-cost choices for resolving differences and save scarce court resources for those cases that cannot be resolved without judge or jury.
GODR supports three alternatives for resolution:
- In the mediation process, you'll work with a neutral adviser and the person you've brought suit against to resolve differences.
- In the arbitration process, a panel hears an abbreviated version of all evidence and offers a decision.
- In a case evaluation, a lawyer, expert in the legal area of your case, listens to both sides and judges the merits of each. This evaluation streamlines pretrial discussions and may lead to a settlement discussion.