What is ADR?
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Introduction to ADR
Popular television shows depict trials as the climatic event – an intellectual sparring of wit and strategy – and the whole dispute is over within an hour. In reality, legal disputes drag over months or years before a trial may take place. Preparation can be tedious and insipid, while 95% of lawsuits will settle and never even go to trial, which has led some lawyers to write about the phenomenon of the “Vanishing Trial”.
A Spectrum of ADR Options
Key Differences Between ADR and the Traditional Trial
Advantages of ADR
2. Speed and efficiency
3. Customizing the process
4. Privacy and maintaining relationships
When a Trial May be Preferable to ADR
About the Author - What is ADRRhema - Legal Dispute Blogger
Rhema Kang is a litigation lawyer. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in International Relations, and Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa. She first became excited about mediation while working for the Honourable George W. Adams, a prominent Canadian mediator who handles legal disputes worth up to several hundred million dollars. Rhema was the researcher behind the book, Mediating Justice: Legal Dispute Negotiations, and won second prize in the FMC Negotiation Competition. Rhema enjoys dark chocolate with sea salt and finds it awkward to write about herself in the third person.