What is Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR?

ADR provides processes and techniques for disagreeing parties to come to an agreement short of litigation. ADR has gained widespread acceptance among both the general public and the legal profession in recent years. In fact, Ontario courts now require some parties to resort to ADR of some type before permitting the parties’ cases to be tried.

ADR’s rising popularity can be explained by the increasing caseload of traditional courts, the fact that ADR imposes fewer costs than litigation, a preference for confidentiality, and the desire of some parties to have greater control over the selection of the individual or individuals who will decide their dispute.

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