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Disputes - Is ADR always more appropriate or does attending court sometimes providing a better solution?

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Compare and contrast ADR with the court. Is ADR always more appropriate or does attending court sometimes providing a better solution? 1. There are 4 main types of ADR; they are Negotiation, Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. For the negotiationNEGOTIAION, this is the most informal way of resolving disputes and it is commonplace in everyday life, especially in consumer dispute. The parties agree a solution 'over the fence', without the need for the intervention of lawyers. By using negotiation, the matter can be solved quickly and privately. The parties can set their own timetable and less cost if process close by and shorter. Although there is no appeal allowed for the negotiation, parties can abandon at any time or resort to courts. 2. Conciliation CONCILIATION is similar to mediation, but there is no neutral third party. Instead, there is a conciliator. The conciliator has the power to suggest a resolution and avoid litigation. It is often used is cases of unfair dismissal like employment dispute. Same as negotiation, the parties can set their own timetable and less cost if the process close by and shorter. Also it is very private and informal/ Different from other types of ADR, conciliation dose allow appealing and it can turn to Divorce County Court or appeal to High Court Family Division. ...read more.


However, apart from own legal fee, the failing party would usually be required to bear the winning party's legal fee. And not all winning party's fee would be reimbursed by the failing party in accordance with order. The actual winner was their lawyers. 9. Professor Hazel Genn did a research on peoples' reactions to breaches of the civil law. In his research, he found that 95% of people take actions to resolve a justiciable civil dispute. 5% do not take action, and among the 5%, there are high percentage on low incomes and poor educational qualifications. In the 95% of people who take action to resolve a justiciable civil dispute, 34% of them settle the matter by agreement, 14% settle through a court or tribunal, and the rest of the percentage of people have no resolution reached and the case abandoned. From the research, it tells us that, the role of courts in resolving civil disputes is relatively small. 10. After ADR schemes have been endorsed by Lord Woolf's civil justice reforms, parties are encouraged to take ADR to resolve their dispute. Apparently, a lot of people will consider the following to compare and contrast the ADR and the Court before taking legal action. ...read more.


So ADR is always more appropriate than attending to a court. 12. However, on the following situations, sometimes parties will choose to attend the Court to seek an order for solution (1) The action relates to "Scandalous or vexatious, initiated or prosecuted maliciously, ulterior motive or oppressive manner". (2) The attitude of the party (a) Views himself / herself as a hero fighting against hostile forces. The other party is seen as evil, unjustified and illegitimate. (b) Views himself / herself as doing something righteous to uphold principles of a higher order. The other party is viewed as immoral. (c) View himself / herself as a detective trying to reveal the self-serving motives of the other party. 13. As the aim of ADR is to facilitate settlement, the endorsement of Lord Woolf on ADR, can lead us go towards a better legal environment. So I am of the view that ADR is always more appropriate than attending to a court. (1) Professional fee: ADR usually borne by both parties on equal share but costs of litigation is usually borne by failing party. It means that apart from own legal costs, failing party has to bear winning party's legal fee. And although winning party's fee ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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