Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

A procedure for settling a dispute outside the courtroom. Most forms of ADR are not binding on the parties, and involve referral of the case to a neutral party such as an arbitrator or mediator.

Source: U.S. Courts

Settling a dispute without a full, formal trial. Methods include mediation, conciliation, arbitration, and settlement, among others.

Source: U.S. Courts

A variety of procedures for the resolution of disputes. Each ADR procedure is a fair and efficient alternative to court adjudication that must be entered into voluntarily by all parties. Some of the more common ADR procedures include arbitration, mediation, and conciliation. ADR is encouraged under the Americans with Disabilities Act to resolve conflicts.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Methods of resolving disputes without official court proceedings. These methods include mediation and arbitration.

Source: California Courts.