Description of Alternative Dispute Resolution by Wikipedia
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) includes dispute resolution processes and techniques that act as a means for disagreeing parties to come to an agreement short of litigation. Despite historic resistance to ADR by many popular parties and their advocates, ADR has gained widespread acceptance among both the general public and the legal profession in recent years. In fact, some courts now require some parties to resort to ADR of some type, usually mediation, before permitting the partiesÃÂ¢ cases to be tried.
ADR is generally classified into at least four types: negotiation, mediation, collaborative law, and arbitration.