Q What does the term alternative dispute resolution mean?
Alternative dispute resolution or ADR is a general term to describe non-traditional ways to resolve cases. The traditional way to resolve cases is to have a trial by jury. For various reasons such as the long time, and large monetary expense associated with a jury trial the use of alternative dispute resolution or ARD has become more common. The two most common types of ADR are arbitration and mediation. An arbitration is similar to a trial because a fact finder with decide the case, and both sides will present their side to the fact finder in an effort to convince the fact finder that they are right and the other side is wrong. A mediation is different than a trial or an arbitration because in a mediation, there is no decision for one side or the other. That that sense there is no winner or loser. A mediation is more like a settlement conference. In mediation a neutral third party will faciliate a discussion between the parties in an effort to help them reach a settlement. Although ADR is possible in criminal cases, the use of ADR in criminal cases is very rare because in a criminal case the defendant has the right to trial by jury. So, the term ADR generally refers to the use of ARD in civil cases.
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