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Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to the various ways disputes are resolved outside the court system. While you may think that having a trial is the most common way to resolve legal problems, a very small percentage of cases actually go to trial. ADR allows people to settle their disputes in an informal, less expensive, and usually faster way than going to court.
Mediation law refers to a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in which the parties to a lawsuit meet with a neutral third-party in an effort to settle the case. The third-party is called a mediator.
Arbitration is a process for resolving legal disputes by recourse to a neutral third party tribunal chosen by the parties in dispute.