Since litigation is very time-consuming and expensive, courts try to minimize that cost by requiring parties to participate in Arbitration or Mediation. Arbitration is a legal proceeding where the parties present their case to a neutral arbitrator.
Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, includes dispute resolution processes and techniques that act as a means for disagreeing parties to come to an agreement short of litigation. Initially, there was resistance to ADR by many advocates; however, in recent years, ADR has gained wider acceptance among both the general public and the legal profession.
In some instances, several courts in Arizona now require parties to participate in an ADR of some type, such as Arbitration or Mediation, before permitting the parties’ cases to be tried. The rising popularity of ADR can be explained by the increasing caseload of traditional courts, the perception 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(s) who will decide their dispute.
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