Early Intervention Program (EIP)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Mediation

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) allows parties to resolve suitable cases without a formal oral hearing. We provide Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services for single-party appeals and mediation for 2-party appeals.

Participation in the EIP is strictly confidential and voluntary. There is no prejudice to any party that participates in the EIP. Parties can opt out of the process at any time and have their appeal proceed to a hearing. The Vice-Chair or Panel assigned to the hearing will have no knowledge of the party’s EIP discussions.

You can request ADR/mediation on your Notice of Appeal Form, Response Form, or Contact Us. We determine whether a case is suitable for the EIP. We may contact you if we think that ADR or mediation may be suitable for your appeal.

Parties who participate in the EIP must sign a consent form. The consent form sets out party roles and responsibilities as well as their confidentiality obligations.

For more information about the EIP, or if you are interested in a Zoom presentation for your organization, please contact our ADR Department at 437-225-6334.

For more information regarding our ADR and mediation services, please review Practice Direction #7 – Alternative Dispute Resolution – 1-Party Appeals and Practice Direction #6 – Mediation – 2-Party Appeals.