Not all matters need to be dealt with by a Judge at a Final Hearing. In fact, many matters resolve well in advance of a Final Hearing by way of negotiation between the parties.
There are many options available to resolve a dispute including informal negotiations, offers of compromise exchanged between parties, or through Alternative Dispute Resolution. Alternative Dispute Resolution provides for early dispute management, where disputes are identified and managed promptly and effectively.
There are different types of Alternative Dispute Resolution to choose from, including:
- Mediation: Mediation is an ADR process where an independent third party (the Mediator) assists the parties in dispute to identify the disputed issues, develop options, consider alternatives and try to reach an agreement.
- Conciliation: Conciliation is an ADR process where an independent third party (the Conciliator) helps people in a dispute to identify the disputed issues, develop options, consider alternatives and try to reach an agreement. Conciliation differs from Mediation in that the Conciliator takes a more interventionist role and may be asked to express an opinion on the best way for the dispute to be resolved or to suggest the terms of a negotiated settlement.
- Arbitration: Arbitration is an ADR process where the parties present arguments and evidence to an independent third party (the Arbitrator) who makes a determination. Arbitration is less formal than a Court hearing, mainly because it does not adhere to strict rules of evidence.
Our lawyers are skilled in the area of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, and can assist to bring a quick, efficient and cost effective resolution of your legal dispute.
Please feel free to contact one of our experienced lawyers to discuss your legal matters.