Commentary

104 Role of mini-trial in achieving settlement

ARBITRATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION vol 3(1)
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104 Role of mini-trial in achieving settlement

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4: MAJOR STAGES OF A MINI-TRIAL

104 Role of mini-trial in achieving settlement

Although little used in the United Kingdom so far, experience in other jurisdictions shows that a mini-trial can be very effective in achieving a settlement. The parties may adopt a mini-trial procedure in the context of ongoing litigation to improve the prospects of a balanced settlement at an earlier stage than might otherwise be the case.

In view of the more complex nature of the proceedings, the preparation is likely to take longer than for a mediation (perhaps weeks or even months for a complex dispute).

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