Pursuant to the findings and directives of Congress in 28 U.S.C.
§§ 651 et seq., and in recognition of the economic burdens and delay
in the resolution of disputes that can be imposed by full formal litigation,
Local Rule 16-271 governs the referral
of certain actions to the Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program ("VDRP") at the
election of parties.
It is the Court’s intention that the VDRP shall allow the participants to
take advantage of a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution methods.
These methods may include, but are not limited to, mediation, negotiation,
early neutral evaluation and settlement facilitation. The specific method
or methods employed will be determined by the Neutral and the parties.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Local Rule 16-271, this Local Rule applies
to all civil actions pending before any District Judge or Magistrate Judge in this
District except that actions in the following categories are exempt from presumptive
- prisoner petitions and actions, including habeas corpus petitions
- actions in which one of the parties is appearing pro se
- voting rights actions
- social security actions
- deportation actions
- Freedom of Information Act actions
- actions involving the constitutionality of federal, state or local statutes
or ordinances. The fact that a case falls in a category that is exempt from presumptive
applicability of this Local Rule neither (1) precludes the parties to such a case from
agreeing to participate in an Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") process, nor (2)
deprives the Court of authority to compel participation in an appropriate ADR proceeding.
Parties may elect Voluntary Dispute Resolution with the
Court by filing a stipulation indicating that all parties to the action agree
to submit the action to VDRP pursuant to Local Rule 16-271.
Actions may not be assigned to VDRP over the objection of a party. (Copy
of sample stipulation attached hereto and notice
of availability of VDRP.)
For information regarding VDRP in Sacramento, please contact:
ADR and Pro Bono Program Director
United States District Court - Eastern District of California
501 I Street, Suite 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph: (916) 930-4278
Contact the Assigned Magistrate Judge Courtroom Deputy