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New to RSI’s Resource Center

Nicole Wilmet, September 2nd, 2020

Did you know that RSI’s Resource Center is the most comprehensive and respected source of information on court ADR anywhere? Housed within the Resource Center is the Research Library which has an extensive annotated collection of court ADR resources such as articles, studies, court rules, statutes, and court forms that cover a wide variety of topics.

RSI’s Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet regularly adds new resources to the Research Library and the following list highlights a few of the resources that have recently been added.

We hope these resources are helpful to you in your work!

Illinois Expands Restorative Justice Court Programs

Nicole Wilmet, August 28th, 2020

This month, Illinois’ Cook County expanded its restorative justice court programs. In 2017, the state launched its first restorative justice court program in the North Lawndale neighborhood and this month expanded to the Avondale and Englewood communities. Much like the North Lawndale court, to be eligible for these new programs the victim of the crime must be willing to participate and the person charged must be between 18-26 years old, be charged with a nonviolent felony or misdemeanor, accept responsibility for the harm caused and live within the Avondale or Englewood communities. Additional information about these programs can be found in RSI’s Court ADR Across Illinois resource.

Nevada Passes Legislation to Address the Upcoming Wave of Expected Evictions

Nicole Wilmet, August 26th, 2020

In response to COVID-19, Nevada’s Governor Steve Sisolak issued a Declaration of Emergency in March to temporarily halt residential evictions and foreclosures across the state. This initial moratorium was set to expire on June 30, 2020. Before the end of June, Governor Sisolak issued a follow-up Declaration of Emergency to extend the moratorium on evictions through the end of August. This month, the Nevada Legislature passed a bill to provide landlords and tenants facing eviction with options once the state’s eviction moratorium is lifted on September 1, 2020.

It’s reported that in 2019, Nevada courts processed more than 45,000 eviction cases. Recently, news outlets are reporting that after September 1st the number of households facing eviction could vary between 135,000-270,000. Under the recently passed bill, if a court establishes a rule to utilize alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) to address evictions, then the eviction proceedings may be stayed for 30 days to allow parties the opportunity to participate in ADR. Although the bill doesn’t specify the type of ADR to be used, when presenting the proposed legislation to lawmakers, Nevada Supreme Court Justice James W. Hardesty noted that the program would be modeled after the state’s foreclosure mediation program. Moreover, during his presentation Judge Hardesty also told legislatures that, “this is a short bill for a big problem.” Governor Sisolak signed the bill into law on August 7, 2020.

Michigan’s MI-Resolve Online Dispute Resolution Program Now Available Statewide

Nicole Wilmet, August 3rd, 2020

In July, Michigan’s online dispute resolution (“ODR”) program MI-Resolve rapidly expanded across the state and is now live in all 83 Michigan counties. This expansion makes Michigan the first state to have ODR available for every citizen in the state. As I have previously reported, MI-Resolve operates on the Matterhorn platform and launched in August 2019. MI-Resolve utilizes ODR for small claims, general civil, landlord-tenant and neighborhood disputes.

In January 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court Administrators Office of Dispute Resolution released Considerations in Implementing Court ODR Systems. This guide, written by Doug Van Epps, Director of the Michigan Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution, and Michelle Hilliker, the Office’s Financial and Statistical Management Analyst, focuses on a variety of considerations that may assist courts when assessing how to design, implement and evaluate an ODR system. Courts seeking additional information on how to launch a court ODR program may also be interested in my interview with Van Epps and Hilliker, which discusses what MI-Resolve is, how long it took for the program to launch and the ins-and-outs of launching an ODR program.

New to RSI’s Resource Center

Nicole Wilmet, July 31st, 2020

Did you know that RSI’s Resource Center is the most comprehensive and respected source of information on court ADR anywhere? Housed within the Resource Center is the Research Library which has an extensive annotated collection of court ADR resources such as articles, studies, court rules, statutes and court forms.

RSI’s Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet regularly adds new resources to the Research Library. These are a few of the resources that have recently been added to the Research Library. 

We hope these resources are helpful to you in your work!


Have a question about these resources or RSI’s Resource Center? Contact RSI’s Resource Center Director