In the Northern District of California, most civil cases are assigned at filing to the “ADR Multi-Option Program,” which generally requires the parties to participate in one non-binding ADR process offered by the Court within 90 days of entry of an order referring the case to a specific ADR process.  The available ADR options are (1) early neutral evaluation, (2) mediation, (3) settlement conference with a magistrate judge, or (4) some other court-approved private ADR process.
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