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New York State Unified Court System Division of Court Operations Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program Annual Report 1999-2000

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This annual report of the activities of New York State's Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program (CDRCP) covers fiscal year April 1, 1999, to March 31, 2000.
The CDRCP is a unit of the New York State Unified Court System's Office of ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Programs. The program is a joint local/State effort to provide community forums for the resolution of disputes as an alternative to criminal, civil, and Family Court litigation. Established by the New York State Legislature on July 27, 1981, the program is supervised by the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts. In 1984 the CDRCP was made a permanent component of the Unified Court System. The primary function of the CDRCP is to administer, fund, and oversee the statewide network of community-based dispute resolution programs. Local centers are monitored for compliance with State program procedures and guidelines. This report provides a caseload overview that encompasses caseload activity, referral profiles, and client profiles. A section on fiscal and administrative management addresses fiscal and administrative policy, electronic case management, and the statewide Program Satisfaction Survey. A section on initiatives in program development profiles mediation programs for persons in need of supervision and child protection mediation. In describing partnerships in alternative dispute resolution, another section of the report describes Family Court mediation, school-based conflict resolution, fee dispute arbitration in domestic relations cases, and New York City Criminal Court Dispute Referral Centers. Remaining issues addressed in the report were collaboration with the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, certification policies, and standards for mediators. Appended local contractor summaries, 18 statistical tables, community dispute resolution centers by county, and staff listing for State Office of ADR Programs