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Extract: As legislation, funding and courts change, so do the dispute resolution products, in new or recycled forms. These have included a variety of forms of counselling, home reports, round table conferences, case appraisal, legal aid conferences, arbitration, a variety of forms of mediation, case management, pathways to justice, court annexed conciliation etc.
Each new product tends to go through a predictable “product” cycle . . . Collaborative lawyering comes to Australia in this historical, sociological and psychological context. Presumably it will follow a similar cycle and collaborative lawyering and its offspring will find a modest place in the catalogue of dispute resolution services. A few respected and hard-working legal practitioners will eventually regularly provide the service of collaborative lawyering in some corners of this country.