There are only a few pilot court-connected projects; ADR programs in that state are mostly private.The state spends under $100,000 on court-connected ADR and for administration of the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.
There are several ADR programs, all of which are funded differently. The mediated settlement program is party-paid but receives a $30,000 annual continuation budget from the state; however, this money goes unused and returns to the state because the money from party-paid certification and renewal fees is enough to cover expenses. A new pilot program to handle property issues in divorce cases will operate similarly; this program expects to receive $30,000 seed money from the state.
The total expenditure by the arbitration program in FY 97-98 was $739,281. An estimated $150,000 of that figure was agency money borrowed from the lapsed salary fund to cover extra costs due to increased arbitration activity. Therefore, the state appropriation for this program was about $589,281. The arbitration program serves 62 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
Custody and visitation mediation programs are state-funded and serve 45 of the state’s 100 counties. For FY 97-98, these programs received $918,615 from the state.
Quasi-court-annexed local and neighborhood dispute resolution programs receive a significant amount of funding from the state. These dispute settlement centers are independent nonprofit organizations. There are 27 centers that serve 65 of the state’s 100 counties. In FY 97-98, these centers received a total of $986,660 from the state.