"ADR" means "Alternative Dispute Resolution" and encompasses a number of different dispute resolution strategies. The idea of ADR is to resolve disputes without their going to trial in court, the notion being that it is less expensive to resolve disputes in a reasonably amicable fashion than to have them go to a full-blown jury trial. Different methods of ADR are mediation (in which an impartial mediator pushes the parties to moderate their stances in the hopes of reaching a settlement), arbitration (in which a single arbiter or panel of arbiters makes a decision after being presented the evidence and arguments of each side), and a mini-trial (in which parties literally try a case without the presence of a jury but with the attendent rules of procedure and evidence). The whole point of ADR is to resolve court cases without the necessity of a trial. It has become very popular with judges who are eager to have cases removed from their dockets. That said, it is also often a good solution for parties to litigation, in that it often resolves cases more cost-effectively and expeditiously than would happen otherwise.
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