89 Mini-trial

A mini-trial is more formal than a mediation, but more streamlined than an arbitration or trial. Also described as an ‘executive tribunal’ or ‘formalised settlement conference’, it is a formalised settlement procedure involving an abbreviated presentation of the parties’ cases by their advocates, possibly followed by the calling of witnesses1. As such, it generally involves a more detailed examination of the parties’ legal positions than other forms of ADR. This takes place in the presence of all the parties, before a panel which is comprised of one or more senior executives representing each party, usually assisted by a

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