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Alternate Dispute Resolution

Alternate Dispute Resolution (referred to as “ADR”) is a term generally recognizing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of settling disputes between parties in a manner which avoids trial or hearing in a judicial or administrative process. ADR takes the form of arbitration (binding and non-binding), neutral evaluation and mediation. Rule 170 of our Superior Court Rules requires every lawsuit filed in the State of New Hampshire to be the subject of ADR in some form in advance of trial. The success rate of the Superior Court ADR program exceeds 50% of cases settled in advance of trial. Independent of Rule 170, we encourage clients to pursue ADR as an alternative to trial. In many cases, we and opposing counsel may agree on a third-party mediator to act in an ADR process. Traditionally, the parties may share the cost of the mediator and mediator’s selection is made on the basis of agreement between the parties. The success rate is high. In the interests of our clients, we feel generally that, given two competent attorneys representing opposing parties and given sound judgment on the prospect of a trial result, there is no substitute to mediation in reaching agreement of any contested matter. The cost savings are tremendous and traditionally, a result may be reached significantly in advance of the time for trial.


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The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. The receipt or viewing of this information is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship.