Office of Dispute Resolution

for the

Sixth Judicial District


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Welcome to the 6th District ADR Program

Established in 1994, this office serves the Superior, State, Probate and Magistrate Courts of Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Monroe, Pike, Spalding and Upson Counties, all in the Flint, Griffin and Towaliga Judicial Circuits

What is ADR?

Alternative Dispute Resolution or “ADR” refers to any method other than litigation for resolution of disputes. ADR methods may include mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation. ADR uses a third, neutral person to facilitate negotiations between other parties who are in conflict. In mediation, the “mediator” will attempt to assist you in working out a solution that is fair, reasonable, and acceptable as a way to resolve the dispute. It is not about who is at fault, but rather what can be done to settle the problem. In arbitration, the “arbitrator” will issue an award after a hearing at which both parties have an opportunity to be heard. Arbitration is non-binding unless the parties agree otherwise. Early Neutral Evaluation or ENE is a process in which a lawyer with expertise in the subject matter of the litigation acts as a neutral evaluator of the case.

Is ADR Mandatory?

Yes. In hopes that parties will be able to resolve their conflicts in mediation, contested domestic relations cases (i.e., divorce, modification, contempt, legitimation, separate maintenance) must be submitted to the ADR Program prior to a temporary hearing. All cases are screened to determine if ADR is appropriate and if so, scheduled for a mediation session. All civil cases involving home-building, construction, or home improvements disputes must be submitted to ADR Program. In the Flint and Towaliga Judicial Circuits only, all personal injury cases shall be referred to the ADR Program for dispute resolution. Likewise, any contested civil matter filed in any court may be referred to the ADR Program by consent or the parties or by court order.


During calendar year 2010, approximately 1470 cases were referred to the ADR Program. Of those cases, about 1081 were mediated with an overall settlement rate of 49%.

Is there a cost for ADR?

Yes. We encourage parties to select a neutral and agree upon a fee prior to the ADR session. If no neutral is selected, this office will assign a mediator from our rotational list. If assigned, the neutral can only charge up to $100.00 per hour to be divided equally between the parties. This office does provide for fee waivers and fee reductions. If you can not pay the mediation fees or need assistance, please contact this office immediately to request a Request for Fee Waiver or Fee Reduction. All applications must be fully completed and received by the ADR Office no later than 3 days prior to any scheduled ADR session. No applications will be granted without all requested documentation or once the ADR session has begun.

Summary Jury Trials - Pilot Program

Griffin Circuit only: Pilot Program for Summary Jury Trials

Here is the Model Summary Jury Trial Order approved by the Georgia Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution for use in the Griffin Judicial Circuit only - Pilot program begun 2013: Model Summary Jury Trial Order, approved by the Georgia Commission on ADR (in Microsoft Word format)

For more information, contact the offices of Hon. Christopher C. Edwards, Chief Judge, Griffin Judicial Circuit.

Sixth District ADR Program

Counties Served: Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Monroe, Spalding, Pike, Upson

Courts Served: Superior/State/Magistrate/Probate

Main Address:
141 W. Solomon Street
Griffin, GA 30223
Tel: 770-228-3758
Fax: 770-228-6387

Henry County Office:
337 Phillips Drive
McDonough, GA 30253
Tel: 770-288-8448
Fax: 770-288-8450

General Mailbox:

Program Director: Liesl Owen

Program Assistant (McDonough): Sharon Bonner

Program Assistant (Griffin): Laura Rogers

Hours of operation:

McDonough -- Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Griffin -- Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

View Map of ADR Office Griffin Location

View Map of ADR Office McDonough Location


Family Law Workshops

A Joint Venture of the Henry County Superior Court, Henry County Bar Association and Georgia Legal Services

What is the Family Law Workshop?

In the State of Georgia, individuals may file Court actions without the benefit of legal representation; however, those individuals are responsible for knowing and following appropriate court procedures and processes. By law, court staff cannot give legal advice to self-represented people. In order to assist individuals who choose not to proceed with traditional legal representation, the Henry County Superior Court, Henry County Bar Association and Georgia Legal Services have joined together to offer the Family Law Workshop.

What Does The Workshop Cover?

This workshop will assist you with cases involving divorce, paternity and legitimation, contempt, and modification. Navigating through the legal system can be extremely difficult. Each case is individualized by its own set of facts; however, there are some basic rules that all cases must follow which this workshop will address. No workshop can teach you everything you need to know about representing yourself in any legal action, but this workshop is designed to answer some of the basic questions you may have:

  • What information do I need in order to file?

  • Are there mandatory forms that I need?

  • How do I schedule my case for a hearing?

  • What are the operating procedures of the court?

  • Please understand that this workshop is designed to give legal information, not advice. You will still be responsible for completing all forms and knowing and following all procedures. Forms for these case types will be available to download for free after completion of the workshop or at the workshop for a nominal fee per packet. Money orders only.

    How Do I register?

    While there is no cost to attend the Family Law Workshop, space is extremely limited. As such, pre-registration is required to attend and reserve your spot.

    You may register for the Family Law Workshop by calling (770) 288-8448 or stopping by the Henry County ADR Office at 337 Phillips Drive in McDonough. You may also register online here:

    The Henry County Family Law Workshops will typically be held on the firstTuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the following location: Henry County Fire Department Training Center, 100 Ronnie Stewart Drive, McDonough, GA 30253.

    Fayette County Family Law Workshops

    The Family Law Workshops are now available in Fayette County, as well. These sessions will meet on the second Tuesday of each month, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Fayette County Library. Further information can be obtained at the following link:

    Both the Henry County and Fayette County workshops are open to residents of any county.

    Useful ADR Links . .

    Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution

    Office of Child Support Services Website

    Georgia Child Support Commission Website

    Association for Conflict Resolution

    American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution