alternative dispute resolution

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alternative dispute resolution

Abbreviation: ADR
Any of the methods of dealing with disputes and avoiding trial or litigation that are less threatening, less costly, and less time-consuming. Examples include arbitration, facilitation, negotiation, and mediation.
Synonym: conflict resolution
See also: resolution
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The summary jury trial has been employed successfully to settle cases involving legal or technical complexities or multiple parties.
Summary jury trials usually include the abbreviated presentation of complex litigation to advisory juries who then render one or more advisory verdicts for executives with decision-making authority to consider in their settlement discussions, again typically facilitated by an expert advisor or facilitator.
A federal courts study conducted by the Federal Judicial Center and the Center for Public Resources (CPR) showed that in 1996 the most prevalent form was mediation, followed by arbitration, summary jury trials, and early neutral evaluation.
Judge Rosenbaum was elected to his post in 2006, was assigned to the lead paint litigation in the same year and is the court's liaison to the Statewide Coordinator on Summary Jury Trials.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee develops and sponsors programs to enhance attorney skills in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, summary jury trials, mini-trials, early neutral evaluation, as well as effective settlement and negotiation techniques.

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