The Office of Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee is a standing Committee appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court. The Committee serves the following purposes:
To review and make recommendations concerning the creation, expansion, administration and evaluation of dispute resolution programs throughout the state.
To review and make recommendations concerning alternative dispute resolution policies throughout the state.
To advise the Director of the Office of Dispute Resolution concerning policies, procedures, and strategies for improving services delivery of Office of Dispute Resolution programs throughout the state.
To review and make recommendations regarding fees for services offered by the Office of Dispute Resolution.
The Supreme Court Liaison to the Committee is Justice Alison Eid. The committee is co-chaired by Judge Todd Plewe, 22nd Judicial District, and Ben Stough, District Court Administrator for the 17th Judicial District. The Committee is staffed by Holly Panetta, Director of the Office of Dispute Resolution.
The Committee is composed of 19 members of varying backgrounds, including: district and county judges; a senior judge; a trial court magistrate; a district administrator; a legislator; a representative of the Governor’s office; a representative from the Attorney General’s office, a representative of the Mediation Association of Colorado; a member of the Colorado Bar Association, a representative of community conflict resolution; a ODR mediator; a representative from the Restorative Justice community; a representative of the Colorado Judicial Institute; an ADR Managing Mediator or ODR Program Administrator, and a representative of higher education.
The Office of Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee meets at least two times per year.
The courts were encouraged to expand use of the Dispute Resolution Act by HJR 97-1020.