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Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that keeps disputes among parties out of the courtroom. Individuals may voluntarily decide to submit a case to arbitration simply because they do not want the dispute to become public record, but more often to avoid the expense of trial. Far more common, however, are situations where arbitration is mandatory because parties have agreed to ADR before the dispute arose. For instance, most contracts contain an arbitration clause stipulating that disputes between the contracting parties must be resolved in arbitration. To find out more about what it means to arbitrate a dispute, or about when and why arbitration is chosen as a method of resolving legal issues, see the links to articles and answers on this page.