Virtual Arbitrations and Mediations Are Here to Stay

Steven R. Gilford, Esq.
Steven R. Gilford, Esq.
JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Published May 28, 2020

Courts around the world have been closed, and litigation backlogs are growing every day. Even with all its ramifications, the coronavirus pandemic has not eliminated the business pressures to get cases resolved, money in the door, and reserves off the books. One solution is mediation or arbitration by videoconference — virtual alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Virtual and telephonic ADR have actually been around a long time, particularly in smaller mediations and certain components of litigation and arbitration. Mediators confronted with relatively small claims have conducted mediations by phone or videoconference to streamline the process and reduce costs.

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