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Can ADR really save time and money in litigation?

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2024 | Alternative Dispute Resolutions

Alternative dispute resolution, also known as ADR, is a way to solve problems without going to court. It can save a lot of time and money compared to the usual court process.

Mediation and arbitration are two primary forms of ADR and learning about these two can give people more hope for a calm and rational outcome.


In mediation, a neutral person called a mediator, helps people in a disagreement talk to each other. Instead of a judge making a decision, everyone works together to find a solution that works for everyone. This way, people can sort out their problems without spending a lot of energy in court.


Arbitration is like a mini-trial, where a fair person called an arbitrator listens to both sides and decides the outcome. It is faster and less formal than a courtroom trial. Since this process is simpler, arbitration also saves money for everyone involved.

What ADR can fix

ADR can handle all sorts of disputes, like contract problems, workplace issues, fights over property and personal injuries. Whether it is a disagreement between friends or a complaint against a company, ADR offers a flexible way to find solutions. By talking things out early on, ADR stops small problems from turning into big court battles. Since ADR talks are private, people can come up with unique solutions that might not work in court.

When people come to a conclusion faster, they can move on with their lives instead of getting stuck in long court processes. As more people use ADR, its benefits become clearer, helping people in many different situations find fair and fast solutions.