The Singapore judiciary have long encouraged people to settle their disputes outside of a lengthy trail. Hence, the government has created alternative dispute resolution as the first step to resolving a dispute, without parties turning to the courts in litigation.
The State Courts Centre for Dispute Resolution provides alternative dispute resolution services such as mediation, neutral evaluation and arbitration. Such methods of dispute resolution are commonly used in civil claims such as personal injury claims or non-injury motor accident claims.
Parties to the proceeding must choose the method of dispute resolution which best addresses their needs and resolves the dispute in the most cost-efficient and speedy manner. Hence, parties to the proceeding have to consider a few factors which will impact on the suitable method of dispute resolution; namely the amount of control which parties can exercise over the outcome of the case and the cost of legal aid.