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79 ADR Defined

| Commentary

D: ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

1: CHARACTERISTICS OF ADR

79 ADR Defined

There is no universally accepted definition of the term ‘alternative dispute resolution’ (or ‘ADR’). At its broadest, ADR encompasses any method of resolving a dispute other than by a binding dispositive decision imposed by a judge or arbitrator, generally but not necessarily involving the intercession and assistance of a neutral third party who helps the parties to reach a settlement.

The precise form of the ADR process depends on agreement of the parties, so there is immense scope for variation and for tailoring the procedure to the particular circumstances of the

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