Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Means of Rectifying and Transforming the American Justice System
Haight, Evelyn Y.
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The subject for this project was developed in the office of Judge William Schma, Circuit Court Justice in Kalamazoo County. During conversation with the judge, his clerk, Steve Hornick, and various members of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, I was informed of the problems within the court system and the desire by all parties involved to find an acceptable relief to these problems. Following their leads, I examined another level of conflict resolution which is beginning to receive much attention. My research introduced me to community dispute centers, and especially the Center here in Kalamazoo County. My goal in writing this paper was to help increase awareness of the current crisis within the court systems and the efforts being made to correct the situation. I also wrote it to praise the work being done at the Community Dispute Resolution Center in Kalamazoo and similar centers throughout the country. Their efforts at making alternative dispute resolution a respected arena for conflict resolution have the potential to change future of the US Justice System for the better.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.