The Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) in the State Court Administrator’s Office has opened a statewide application period for new and renewing contract mediators. Applications are available on the ODR website and will be accepted through April 25, 2011.
Previously, applications for contract mediators were accepted on an as-needed basis. The change to an application period instead is part of an ongoing reorganization and is necessary to help the office measure the effectiveness of its dispute resolution programs. It also brings the ODR’s contract process in line with similar contracting processes implemented by other agencies within the Colorado Judicial Department.
As part of the change, ODR is developing a central online database where contract mediators will enter demographic and outcome information for every case handled by the office.
ODR was created by the Colorado Dispute Resolution Act in 1983. The office’s mission is to establish or make available dispute resolution programs and related services throughout the state, as designated by the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.
For more information, visit the ODR website or contact Bill Delisio, ODR Acting Director, or Holly Panetta, ODR Project Manager, at (303) 861-1111.