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Abstract

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Over the last 20 years, there has been a marked increase in the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods in this country to deal with conflicts traditionally litigated in courts. People in conflict can negotiate with each other. They can seek the assistance of others (often lawyers) to negotiate on their behalf. They might obtain the services of mediators - persons who facilitate negotiation of a solution. Parties in conflict can also hire an expert to appraise their cases, or submit the dispute to arbitration (similar to litigation but outside the formal court system). There are many alternatives to suing in court.

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