Ashland County Common Pleas Court

Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)

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Helpful Information for Maximizing the Use of ODR

Text Box: WHAT IS ON-LINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ODR)?
ODR is not mediation, and it is not a trial on the merits.  The purpose is to resolve the case before it goes further through the legal system (including any referral to formal mediation).  If the parties reach an agreement they can document the agreement in writing and submit it to the court. You and the other party, not a judge or magistrate, get to resolve your dispute in a way that works for both of you.
WHY ODR?
It's a chance to end a legal dispute in a way that minimizes time spent at court and saves money. It offers a safe, private, online space to negotiate a satisfactory resolution with the other party. Whatever is most important to you, the Online Dispute Resolution process can help you reach your goals.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ODR?
It's a chance to end a legal dispute in a way that minimizes time spent at court and saves money. It offers a safe, private, online space to negotiate a satisfactory resolution with the other party. Whatever is most important to you, the Online Dispute Resolution process can help you reach your goals.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR ODR?
Parties generally find that dispute resolution is more useful when they're prepared and have a plan. Your mediation plan should identify your goals, the other party's goals, and how you might be able to propose a solution that will result in an agreement. Thinking through these things in advance will help you and the other party negotiate an agreement that works for everyone.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS:
Click on this link, “tips for success” for some tips in negotiation through ODR.
Click on this link, “Dimensions of a Conflict” to watch a short video on how to approach negotiations and later (if necessary), mediation.
HOW DO I PRARTICIPATE IN ODR?
First, your case must be referred to the ODR application before you can participate.  Then, court staff will email you and/or text message you with instructions and links for accessing the ODR Application website once your case is referred to ODR.  The ODR Application website also includes FAQ’s and links for additional information.  If at any time you need additional assistance, you can always reach out directly to our Court Staff.  That contact person will be identified in the Court’s communications with you.
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM AND APPLICATION:
ODR is being made available through a pilot project sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio.  For even more information about this pilot project, the case types for which ODR may be utilized during the pilot period, and topics or information which may not be addressed by this Court’s documentation, see the OH-RESOLVE website of the Supreme Court of Ohio by clicking this link: 
				“OH-RESOLVE”

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