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ADR’s benefits are well-known and oft-cited. ADR can reduce the cost of dispute resolution for the parties and the public purse. It leads to more harmonious relations and more varied and responsive settlements than the adversarial, winner-take-all premise of civil litigation. It has added attractions for the parties of confidentiality, flexible procedure, choice of decision-maker, focus on finding workable solutions to problems and fixed timelines for hearings and decisions. As a result of these benefits, it is not difficult to account for the dramatic rise of ADR providers.

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