A new program that offers mediation services to litigants in the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals will provide a fair, just and economical means for concluding appeals, the court's chief judge said Tuesday.

In announcing the new program for civil lawsuits, Chief Judge William J. Holloway said mediation will provide early and quality settlement of appeals. The 10th Circuit includes Utah."We believe this process will speed the resolution of all cases and reduce the expenses of those who participate in the program," Hol-loway said.

The program was the product of the increasing trend toward alternative dispute resolution, Holloway said. Mediation does not involve a judge, but uses a third party to reach a solution in the case.