The first step on the path to compulsory ADR?

It would be lawful and may be desirable for compulsory alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to be introduced into the English civil justice system, provided certain principles and conditions are developed. This is the conclusion of a study by the Civil Justice Council (CJC), which has just been published. 

Out of court processes that enable parties to resolve their disputes more quickly, cheaply and in a potentially less stressful fashion than High Court litigation have much to commend them. However, as the CJC recognised, the introduction of compulsory ADR would have to be accompanied by principles and possibly regulation to ensure it was justified and legitimate.

Read more in our latest client note.