Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) was introduced to bring litigation to a conclusion through mediation or conciliation and negotiation, thereby avoiding lengthy and costly litigation. It is a voluntary alternative to using the Courts to try civil disputes. (ADR is not available for criminal cases which are tried by the Criminal Courts). The idea is for a dispute to be resolved by negotiated settlement rather than by a third party such as an adjudicator, an arbitrator or a judge.
Other forms of ADR include adjudication and arbitration, although some do not include these in the strict definition of ADR because the dispute is still brought to an end by a third party i.e. the adjudicator or arbitrator respectively.
ADR is fast becoming a valued alternative to Court proceedings, providing a quicker, simpler and cheaper option.
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