What is alternative dispute resolution?

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) (also known as external dispute resolution in some countries, such as Australia) includes dispute resolution processes and techniques that act as a means for disagreeing parties to come to an agreement short of litigation. It is a collective term for the ways that parties can settle disputes, with (or without) the help of a third party. Despite historic resistance to ADR by many popular parties and their advocates, ADR has gained widespread acceptance among both the general public and the legal profession in recent years. In fact, some courts now require some parties to resort to ADR of some type, usually mediation, before permitting the parties' cases to be tried (indeed the European Mediation Directive (2008) expressly contemplates so-called "compulsory" mediation; attendance that is, not settlement at mediation). The rising popularity of ADR can be explained by the increasing caseload of traditional courts, the perception that ADR imposes fewer costs than litigation, a preference for confidentiality, and the desire of some parties to have greater control over the selection of the individual or individuals who will decide their dispute. Some of the senior judiciary in certain jurisdictions (of which England and Wales is one) are strongly in favour of the use of mediation to settle disputes.

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Appalachian School Of Law - Academic Program - Alternative Dispute Resolution
... students complete a mandatory Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) class ... are given an overview of different types of conflict resolutions, particularly mediation, negotiation, and arbitration ... learn the strengths and weaknesses of each method of dispute resolution and learn which methods are appropriate for certain situations ...
Townsend And Townsend And Crew - Key People - Partners
... in America 2006' for his prowess in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust Law, Corporate Law, and Intellectual Property Law ... In 2006, Beck was honored as one of 'The Best Lawyers in America' in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Entertainment Law, and Intellectual Property Law ... one of 'The Best Lawyers in America 2006' in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Health Care Law, and Personal Injury Litigation ...
Alternative Dispute Resolution - The Association For International Arbitration
... was established with the aim of facilitating arbitration, mediation and general forms of dispute resolution internationally ... the private international law field to meet the needs of the fast-growing evolution of dispute resolution within the international community ...

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