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Continuum of Dispute Resolution Approaches
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There are several methods that may be used to resolve disputes. These methods range from the most common - unassisted negotiation - to the most formal - court adjudication. Between these two extremes are a variety of "alternative" processes that may be better suited to a particular situation.
Resolving Disputes Continuum PDF

Common Dispute Resolution Approaches

  1. Unassisted negotiation
  2. Alternative Dispute Resolution (Assisted Negotiation)

    1. Conciliation
    2. Facilitation
    3. Mediation
    4. Settlement Judge Process
    5. Early Neutral Evaluation
    6. Mini-trial
    7. Fact-Finding
    8. Arbitration
  3. Adjudication

    1. Court
    2. Administrative