Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) saved the United States over $70.6million in 2016.
The amount, which is the litigation expenses that was avoided by opting for ADR mechanisms is the highest benefit to have been gained in the history of ADR in the United States.
ADR also saved attorneys and court staff cumulatively 26,388 days and 2,733 months of litigation in 2016.
Statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice available to ADR Daily, show that $14,208,626 was saved in 2015, while a saving of $9,163,500 was recorded in 2014. A total of $24,809,407, $21,983,655 and $13,355,511 were saved in 2013, 2012 and 2011 respectively.
Voluntary ADR proceedings achieved a success rate of 75% while Court-Ordered proceedings recorded 52 % success rate in 2016.
In 2015, Voluntary and Court-Ordered ADR proceedings recorded 71% and 58% respectively, while in 2014, 69% and 49% were recorded.
In 2013, 2012 and 2011, Voluntary ADR proceedings recorded rates of 75%, 69% and73%, with a corresponding 49%, 49% and 53% for Court-Ordered proceedings.
By Nii Adotey/adrdaily.com