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Alternative Dispute Resolution
With a lower number of cases going to trial and the costs of litigation increasing, ADR provides an alternative to going to court to settle disagreements. ADR consists of arbitration and mediation. In arbitration, opposing parties put on their cases in a relaxed, informal environment. All parties agree to be bound by the decision of the arbitrators (independent third parties with knowledge of the law). Mediations strive to reach a settlement between two sides through the use of a third party mediator facilitating communication. It is important to note that arbitrations are binding whereas mediations are not. Both of these ADR options are generally quicker and less expensive than traditional legal courses of action.