# Out-of-court proceedings and dispute arbitration
Arbitration need not be a detour in dispute resolution; rather, it can lead directly to a solution. Court proceedings are often time-consuming, expensive and stressful. Arbitration may avoid many of the risks and inconveniences of a court trial.
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