The national website for Australian Barristers with ADR expertise.
AUSTBAR ADR is the companion website to the national barrister chambers and Roll of barristers listing site: AUSTBAR CHAMBERS.
Both websites provide extensive information about Australian Barristers; where to find them and how to locate barristers with the expertise you require.
Barristers are court advocates and legal advisors who play a significant role in the representation of parties in court and the presentation of their legal case. However, it is not always realised that barristers have always been involved in the settlement and resolution of legal disputes.
Previously this occurred in less formal ways. Now Bar association Rules provide for barristers to advise their clients of any alternatives to a fully contested adjudication of their case that are reasonably available to them.
As well, a number of courts mandate that the parties involved in civil disputes, engage in meaningful dispute resolution processes before filing a claim in the court.
AUSTBAR ADR provides a single national list of all qualified barristers who have been accredited or listed as having expertise in ADR processes by their respective state Bar Associations.
ADR is an acronym for Alternative Dispute Resolution
ADR refers to processes and strategies that provide an alternative approach to the resolution of a legal dispute by litigation in a court.
Traditionally litigation, was the most commonly used process available to resolve a dispute. But then, matters were dealt with in one or two days and the material produced in court was limited.
Nowadays, court hearings can go from weeks to months and literally tens of thousands of documents can be generated and copied from a variety of sources (many electronic).
The most common ADR processes are: Mediation, Arbitration, Expert Determination and Family Dispute Resolution. There are now standards for these:
- National Mediator Accreditation standards established and manged by the Mediator Standards Board
- Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners accredited by the federal Attorney-Generals Department
- Commercial Arbitrators who are trained by both local and international Institutes
The eight individual state Bar Associations recognise these standards and accredit their members as qualified to practice in the different ADR processes.