Differences between alternative dispute resolution and litigation

Learn about the key features and considerations for alternative dispute resolution and litigation. These will help you decide which avenue is best suited to manage your conflict.

It is important to compare and contrast how each option relates to your current situation. This will help you determine how to best meet your objectives and to obtain satisfaction with the process chosen.

Alternative dispute resolution

Alternative dispute resolution is any means used to resolve a conflict other than through litigation. Examples include negotiation, facilitated discussion and mediation.

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Litigation is the act or process of bringing about or contesting a claim (that is, using the traditional court system).

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Deciding how to proceed

When reviewing your options, it is important to consider the following:

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