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Alternative dispute resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is any process for resolving disputes outside of the courtroom, and includes mediation and arbitration.

In Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a well-established method for resolving disputes outside of the courtroom. The Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Act, codified in Chapter 154 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, provides the legal framework for ADR processes such as mediation and arbitration. Mediation is a voluntary process where a neutral third-party mediator assists the disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable settlement. Arbitration, on the other hand, involves a neutral arbitrator who hears evidence and arguments from both sides and then makes a binding decision. Texas law encourages the use of ADR to reduce the burden on courts and to provide a more efficient, cost-effective means of resolving disputes. Many contracts and business agreements in Texas include clauses that require disputes to be resolved through ADR, and courts often order or suggest ADR before proceeding to trial.

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