Expand utlization of Dispute Resolution Centers (DRCs). DRCs are private, not-for-profit, or public agencies. Since 1984, twenty local DRCs have been established to provide alternative dispute resolution, mediation and training services. Centers are mandated to provide services independent of clients’ ability to pay, guaranteeing that all citizens have access to a low-cost resolution process when they can’t afford costly litigation and/or when they want to work things out directly with the others involved. According to the Governor’s own budget numbers, the elimination of $500,000, or $7.69 per person, to Dispute Resolution Centers will end up costing the courts $13.65 million, or $210 per person. Imagine what is possible if the state increased the ways that mediation and other conflict resolution services are utilized throughout the state and the savings that could be realized.
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