Use and Benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution by the Department of Justice
Fiscal Year 2017 Report
Statistical Summary: This data is based on detailed case reports submitted by the lead trial counsel in all cases in which a private neutral conducted an ADR process in Department litigation across the country.
Success Rates for ADR
Voluntary ADR Proceedings
Resolved 75% Resolved
Resolved 69% Resolved
Resolved 56% Resolved
Achieved Benefits in Unresolved Cases
This category includes unresolved cases in which there were non-quantifiable gains such as narrowing of trial issues, resolution of discovery disputes or progress towards settlement.
Quantified Benefits of ADR
Litigation or Discovery Expenses Saved
This category includes actual costs avoided due to settlement through ADR, including, for example: costs associated with further discovery and depositions; expert witness costs for depositions, exams, reports and trial testimony; trial exhibits; witness costs for trial attendance, etc.
Days of Attorney/Staff Time Saved
This category includes full work days of attorneys and staff which were saved because of successful ADR and includes, for example: further discovery required for trial; preparing witnesses and exhibits for trial; trial motions, etc.
Months of Litigation Avoided
This category refers to the amount of time the case would have remained active on the court's docket if the case had not been resolved through ADR.
Months 2,733 Months
DOJ Support ADR
Expenditures for Mediation Services
Number of New Cases Authorized for ADR Funding