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Outline the range of alternatives to the courts that deal with civil disputes

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AS and A Level Machinery of Justice

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Outline the range of alternatives to the courts that deal with civil disputes

There are various other ways of resolving civil disputes rather than court cases. These methods are sometimes better alternatives as court cases can have a negative effect on existing relationships between the parties. Also they can be cheaper, faster and less stressful. There are three different methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Tribunals - On average 6 times more cases are dealt within tribunals than in county courts and high courts combined. This is roughly over a quarter of a million cases each year. Tribunals were set up during the Second World War to provide a less formal process to resolve disputes. They are cheaper and faster and generally deal with cases concerning social security and welfare benefits by the state.

There are two types of tribunal administrative and domestic. There are seventy different administrative tribunals in England and Wales some of the important ones are:

Employment - deals with cases involving things like unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination.

Social Security - deals with topics like child support payments and other benefits.

Rent - deals with cases under the

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