Alternative Dispute Resolution is a term covering a number of options for resolving disputes without recourse to litigation saving the expense, time and stress of litigation.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options fall into two categories, those that are determinative and those that are not determinative.
Determinative forms of ADR are legally binding on the parties. Non-determinative forms of ADR seek to reach an outcome which is acceptable to all parties.
The chief determinative dispute resolution option is commercial arbitration with expert determination sometimes used. The chief non-determinative dispute resolution process is mediation.
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