ADR -- Why it Works and Why it Doesn't
- Wood, Donald
- Tax Executive,
Many state and federal courts have been experimenting with various forms of alternative dispute resolution in hopes of savings money and speeding up case processing time. However, empirical research has not yet born out the contention that ADR saves courts substantial amounts of money. Following a conference last year held by the National Institute for Dispute Resolution held for the purpose of addressing the question of evaluation of data pertaining to ADR, one writer summed up the situation as follows: "Most frustrating to conference participants were the practical difficulties in documenting with confidence what many court officials believe to be cost savings of ADR programs. Researchers doubt that they will ever have clear evidence of cost-savings claims of court-connected ADR programs."