Advantages of alternative dispute resolution

Sometimes people become involved in disputes which, although very important and worrying to those concerned, are better resolved outside the comparatively expensive court system. Some disputes do not have a legal solution, while others may be made worse by court action. There are a number of advantages of Alternative Dispute Resolution in general (and mediation in particular) over litigation:

  • it is usually faster and less costly
  • people have a chance to tell their story as they see it
  • it is more flexible and responsive to the individual needs of the people involved
  • it is more informal
  • the parties' involvement in the process creates greater commitment to the result so that compliance is more likely
  • the confidential nature of the process
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution is more likely to preserve goodwill or at least not escalate the conflict, which is especially important in situations where there is a continuing relationship.
Advantages of alternative dispute resolution  :  Last Revised: Thu Jul 31st 2014
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