Arbitration or Mediation Versus a Jury Trial
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an invaluable mechanism in resolving cases. Litigation is expensive and time consuming. Depending on the complexity of the case, the costs of discovery and expert testimony can cost thousands of dollars and make it impracticable to present to a jury. The cost of a single expert may range anywhere from $2,500.00 to $25,000.00, not including the cost to preserve that testimony through videotape trial deposition and for playback at trial. Moreover, the time spent out of the office in a jury trial can easily range between two days to several weeks.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offers an efficient, relatively inexpensive alternative to the litigation process. In agreeing to remove a case to Alternative Litigation Solutions, a case is resolved and disposed of at a fraction of the cost of a jury trial. Moreover, as opposed to the strict case management deadlines imposed by the court, removing a case to ADR provides flexibility in scheduling and re-scheduling hearings.