Alternative dispute resolution (sometimes referred to as “ADR”) is a term that is used to refer to a variety of different methods that have been developed over the years, in order to try to find ways of resolving disputes without the parties needing to go to court. The process may or may not involve an independent third party such as a mediator, and the parties may have some element of control over the process.
The term ADR will include what are called adjudicative options, such as arbitration, adjudication or expert determination. More commonly, it can include non-adjudicative options such as conciliation, expert determination, mediation, negotiation or early neutral evaluation.
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