Over the next few months this column will explain a process known as Alternative Dispute Resolution commonly called ADR. ADR is not new. It has been around for thousands of years in one form or another. Rather than the parties fighting it out, think of the two gun fighters facing each other in the middle of the street, a third party helps the parties resolve the issue. Whether that was the King, like King Solomon splitting the baby, or the gladiators being substituted for a war, or buying your spot out of the war, like in the civil war or the tribal chief deciding the issue in less civilized times. An uninterested or neutral person was called upon to help resolve the dispute.
The first form of ADR we will discuss next time in the most common, Mediation.
If you have questions about mediation please email me so I can try to answer them for you directly or through this column.
Retired Circuit Judge and Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator
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