In September 1999 the Law Reform Commission (LRC) of WA released its final report entitled Review of the Criminal and Civil Justice System (the Report).

The Report proposed various recommendations aimed at reforming the use of ADR for civil matters in WA. The intention of the LRC was to provide guidelines for practitioners and litigants to resolve matters quickly without going to trial.

This article will discuss some of the Report’s recommendations on ADR, and comment on the implications of the Report for the current practice of ADR in WA.