Section Information

The South Carolina Bar’s Dispute Resolution Section (formerly known as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section) began as a committee and gained Section status in 1994. It currently has more than 300 members. The leaders and members of the Section have played an integral part in the development, promotion and implementation of Dispute Resolution in South Carolina.

The purpose of the Section is to promote the goals and objectives of the South Carolina Bar in the field of Dispute Resolution. Objectives include educating the bench, the bar and the public to the benefits of Dispute Resolution; encouraging and promoting the use of Dispute Resolution within and without the court system; promoting the adoption of neutral standards; promoting neutral training; and seeking uniformity in legislation concerning Dispute Resolution applications, where appropriate.

Current projects include: increasing awareness of Dispute Resolution through public forums and business seminars; creating consultation task force committees to work with counties that do not have Dispute Resolution pilot programs; developing an electronic mailing list for the Section; and promoting media exposure to Dispute Resolution efforts.

All members of the Dispute Resolution Section are eligible to join the Dispute Resolution listserv, which provides easy electronic communication with fellow members on Dispute Resolution news, events and topics of interest to the Section. If you are having problems or have questions, contact Cindy Coker at

Recent Amendments to the ADR Rules

1. Rule 4(a)(2) requires mediators who are not certified to disclose the lack of certification and obtain written consent from all parties to the ADR Conference on a form approved by the Supreme Court or its designee.
The full Rule 4(a)(2) may be viewed here.

Forms SCADR108c and SCADR108f may be viewed here.

2. Rule 4(d) provides that “If there are unresolved issues of custody or visitation, the court may in its discretion order an early mediation of those issues upon motion of a party or upon the court's own motion.”
The full Rule 4(d) may be viewed here.

3. Rule 9 addresses the cost to indigent litigants of mediator travel expenses.
The full Rule 9 may be viewed here.

4. By order of October 26, at the request of the Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, the Court amended Rule 422, SCACR, Rule 2(h), ADR Rules and Rule 19, ADR Rules to alter the composition of the ADR Commission and the qualifications of persons who may be certified as family court mediators.
View the order here.

Section Resources

Roster of Certified Neutrals

S.C. Court-Annexed ADR Rules

ADR Regulations

ADR Forms

South Carolina Commission on ADR and the Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification


Staff Contact:
Cindy Coker
(803) 799-6653, ext. 142