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Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR)

ADR Related Model Rules As of 2/11/2000
OAR Chapter 137, Division 1

Definitions

OAR 137-001-0005 For the purposes of OAR 137-001-0005 to 137-005-0070, unless otherwise defined therein, the words and phrases used in these rules have the same meaning as given to them in ORS 183.310 and:

  1. "Consensus" means a decision developed by a collaborative DR process that each participant can accept;
  2. "Convenor" means a person who aids in identifying appropriate issues and members for a collaborative rulemaking committee to develop a proposed rule, or who aids in identifying issues and participants for a collaborative dispute resolution process;
  3. "Collaborative dispute resolution process" or "collaborative DR process" means any process by which a collaborative dispute resolution provider assists the participants in working together to develop a mutually acceptable resolution to a controversy. A collaborative DR process does not include:

    (a) Contested case hearings; or

    (b) Meetings, outside of a collaborative rulemaking process, in which a facilitator is used solely to lead an orderly meeting, manage an agenda or assist the group in accomplishing tasks and the facilitator is not attempting to resolve a controversy by developing consensus among the participants.

  4. "Collaborative dispute resolution provider" or "collaborative DR provider" means an individual who assists the participants in a dispute resolution process to work together to develop a mutually acceptable resolution to a controversy. The collaborative DR provider may function as a mediator, facilitator, convenor, neutral fact-finder or other neutral. Arbitrators, investigators, customer service representatives and ombudspersons are not considered collaborative dispute resolution providers.
  5. "Disputants" means agencies, persons or entities, or their representatives, who have a direct interest in a controversy and does not include a collaborative DR provider or person involved only as a witness.
  6. "Mediation" means a process in which a collaborative DR provider assists two or more disputants in reaching a mutually acceptable resolution of the controversy. Mediation may also include facilitation or other processes in which a facilitator or other collaborative DR provider encourages and fosters discussions and negotiations aimed at reaching consensus among process participants.
  7. "Neutral fact-finder" means a third party who assists with the resolution of a controversy by conducting an investigation of critical facts and rendering non-binding, advisory findings.
  8. "Participants" means agencies, persons or entities involved in a dispute resolution proceeding, other than a collaborative DR provider or witness.
  9. "Agreement to collaborate" means the agreement specified in OAR 137-005-0030.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183.341 & ORS 183.502
Stats. Implemented: ORS 183.310 & ORS 183.502

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