A National AgLaw Center Research Publication

States’ Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Statutes

Rusty W. Rumley
Staff Attorney
National Agricultural Law Center

All fifty states have enacted statutes and administrative code provisions that create an alternative to traditional litigation. While many states have adopted some version of the Uniform Arbitration Act, the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act, or the Uniform Mediation Act, there are also many laws and regulations that create or mandate various forms of dispute resolution unique or particular to the specific state in which it was enacted. Because of the wide variation of dispute resolution laws and regulations this database has been compiled to give the user as many of the ADR provisions that concern agriculture as possible. In an effort to reduce the volume of material found in the state compilations, any state provisions that control construction or labor disputes (unless specifically related to agriculture) are not included.

The primary goal of this compilation is to provide the researcher with free and easy access to each state’s statutes addressing ADR by simply clicking on the state’s image in the map below. As a result, States’ Alternative Dispute Resolution Statutes provides the statutory text of each state’s ADR statutes and administrative code provisions, along with the date of which it is current through. Because of the variance among the states, the way the statutes and codes are scattered throughout each state’s laws, and the continuing rise in prominence of ADR as a means of resolving disputes, this statutory compilation will continue to be a work in progress as new statutes and regulations are added and amended. Any material that a researcher believes is relevant and should be added to this compilation should be sent to NatAgLaw@uark.edu.

To see each state’s individual compilation, click on the state’s image in the map below.