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Thank you for your interest in serving as a panelist for Contra Costa County Superior Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. The ADR program has successfully removed many civil cases from the court's trial calendar, allowing the court to hear the remaining cases without undue delay. The resulting savings in time and money and improved quality of outcomes reflect the expertise and generous contributions of our panel members.

Pursuant to Chapter 5 of the Local Rules of Court, the Contra Costa Superior Court requires that all panel members have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Mediation applicants must have completed at least 40 hours of formal mediation training from a single provider AND have mediated 5 or co-mediated at least 10 cases.  Note:  Satisfactory evidence of sufficient alternative education, training, skills and experience may be sufficient in some cases.
  • Judicial Arbitration applicants must be retired judges, retired court commissioners, or members of the State Bar. You must have a signed oath of office to be appointed to this panel.
  • Neutral Case Evaluation applicants must be experienced trial attorneys with expertise related to the issues in the case.
  • Settlement Mentor applicants must be experienced trial attorneys with expertise related to the issues in the case.
  • Temporary Judge applicants must be active members; have been in good standing; are current on all MCLE requirements of the State Bar for a minimum of five years immediately preceding the appointment; attend any required training provided by this court; and be familiar with publications identified in Code of Civil Procedure section 116.930. To be appointed and to serve on this panel, you must sign an oath of office each year.

Please note that there are certain restrictions regarding the minimum amount of time that must be donated to each program, and the limits on fees that can be charged.

The information you provide will be given to litigants and otherwise published as follows:

  • Your name will appear on lists for the case types you select;
  • Your resume or other background information will be made available to the public to help parties research prospective neutrals (unless you tell us otherwise); and
  • An abbreviated listing will be uploaded to the Internet (unless you tell us otherwise.)

Please complete the ADR Panel Member Application (Local Court Form ADR-202), and return by fax or email if you prefer, but you must return the signed original for any Oath of Office you submit.  NOTE: if you are applying for panel membership pursuant to Appendix C, Local Rule 203.2, you must also complete and submit the Supplement to ADR Panel Member Application (Local Court Form ADR-202a(fillable online). Please call if I can answer any questions, or provide more information.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns at:

Spinetta Family Law Building
Mediations and Investigations
751 Pine Street, 1st Floor
Martinez, CA  94553
Telephone:  (925) 957-5787
Facsimile:   (925) 957-5689

I look forward to working with you.

Magda Lopez
ADR Administrator



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