Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) is a term used to describe the range of techniques and processes available to resolve disputes between individuals, groups, organisations, corporations, ethnic groups and even countries. These processes are ‘alternatives’ to either traditional bargaining systems or legal proceedings.

ADR has developed rapidly over the last few decades. Papers and courses are now taught at universities throughout the world and some have dedicated degree programmes of study. ADR systems and processes are now commonly incorporated into most new legislation in New Zealand.

We share these systems and processes with many other countries in the areas of family law, employment, housing & tenancy, resource management and numerous other laws that impact on our day-to-day lives. Most of our courts and tribunals have various forms of ADR incorporated into their processes.

The growing acceptance and acknowledgement of the usefulness of ADR is characterised by the recognition that people can use it to resolve their differences in a manner that meets their ‘needs and interests’ more effectively than most legal systems.

A growing body of academic research and a high success rate in resolving problems and issues supports the use of ADR.

ADR is frequently faster, more cost effective and produces settlement outcomes or agreements that better suit people’s needs. While is may not be appropriate for every situation or dispute, it will be for most.

If you have a problem or dispute with another person, group or organisation, ADR may well be what you need and what you have been looking for.

We invite you to browse through the website and to learn some more about the process and its options and what we do. If you have specific questions we are very happy to answer them. Just send them to info@adrsolutions.co.nz.

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