What does one mean by alternative dispute resolution (ADR)?
‘Alternative’ means that the search for a solution takes places out of court (one also talks about ‘extrajudicial’ resolution). Compared to a court action, this method has many advantages:
- it is fast
- it is inexpensive (some authorities do not charge anything, and the fees for the intervention of an approved mediator are usually divided in equal parts)
- it is confidential (while court debates are public)
- it maintains a good relationship between the parties (in case of agreement, there are two winners instead of a winner and a loser).