Alternative Dispute Resolution

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.