State courts here will become the second district to adopt an alternative dispute resolution program to take the pressure off an increasingly burdened court system.

Ogden's 2nd District Courts on April 1 will begin asking people to stop suing each other and try arbitration instead.Under alternative dispute resolution (ADR), civil litigants agree to settle their cases through a court-appointed negotiator. ADR has been in use in Salt Lake County's 3rd District Courts for three years.

Also beginning April 1 in Ogden, anyone filing a lawsuit - including divorces, wrongful death claims, personal injury or contractual dispute for more than $20,000 - will be given a six-page pamphlet and a video outlining ADR.

Litigants will have to file a notice saying they have considered the alternative resolution approach and viewed the video before their cases can move forward.