Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a way to resolve disputes by a method
other than a court trial. There are three main types of ADR: pre-suit
(including conciliation), and
ADR is often
preferred over traditional litigation because it involves a less formal
atmosphere than the court room and is almost always less expensive and time
consuming than litigation. Because the parties settle out of court, expenses for
depositions, expert witnesses, and clerical costs may be substantially reduced, and there is little
or no waiting for trial dates. The use of ADR also can improve satisfaction with the way
disputes are resolved. Unlike the courtroom scenario, each side had a part in shaping the
outcome. An additional bonus is that matters can usually be resolved in private and kept confidential.
More information about alternative dispute resolution is available from the
- American Arbitration Association, 140 51st Street West, New York, NY
10020, (212) 484-4000.
- National Institute for Dispute Resolution, 1726 M Street N.W. #500, Washington,
DC 20036, (202) 466-4764.
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