In the legal field, alternative dispute resolution is a strategy to bring two or more parties to an amicable agreement outside the courthouse setting, such as via mediation and arbitration. RAND has researched alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, since the early 1980s, beginning with medical malpractice and continuing with a focus on state, appellate, and federal court–ordered arbitration in mass torts, personal injury law suits, and the banking industry.

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    RAND Institute for Civil Justice

    Oct 3, 2011

    The RAND Institute for Civil Justice (ICJ), a part of the Justice Policy program, conducts research on all aspects of civil justice, from trends in litigation and jury verdicts to punitive damages, compensation systems, and alternative dispute resolution. Directly or indirectly, civil justice issues have an impact on us all.

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