Effectiveness of Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Effectiveness of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Business Law BUS415

University of Phoenix

November 21, 2007

Effectiveness of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has drastically improved over the last several years including many areas adding to the traditional commercial dispute in the form of arbitration; therefore mediation is the most important and the first step in the dispute resolution process. In resolving disputes the arbitrators along with the mediators have the most important role. Acting as neutrals, the mediators work to reconcile the parties’ differences before continuing to arbitration or litigation. The arbitrators also act as neutrals, but as a third party to hear evidence and decide upon the case, they can also be binding or non binding. ADR does also refer to any means of setting disputes outside of the courtroom. As stated ADR mainly includes arbitration, mediation, but is not limited to early neutral evaluation, and conciliation. Arbitration and meditation are the two most common forms of ADR in the court system today.


Many school districts encourage the employees to develop options for ADR which can be utilized at the local district level. Parents and staff members are also encouraged to submit information relating to methods of ADR which have been proved effective.


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