[The existing judicial system] is too costly, too painful, too destructive, too inefficient for a truly civilized people. . . . [Reliance on the adversarial process as the principal means of resolving conflicts] is a mistake that must be corrected. . . . For some disputes, trial will be the only means, but for many other claims, trial by adversarial contest must in time go the way of the ancient trial by blood.
--Chief Justice Warren E. Burger
Becoming involved in a lawsuit is like “being ground to bits in a slow mill; it's being roasted at a slow fire; it's being stung to death by single bees; it's being drowned by drops; it's going mad by grains.” Hundreds of thousands of people are exposed to such torture each year, some of them actually choosing to initiate the process. They invariably find the experience painful, protracted, and expensive. When it has run its course, they often realize that it was futile. Yet there remains a queue of victims impatient for their turn.
---David Panick's Judges, quoting from Charles Dickens' Bleak House
Judicial Resolutions Colorado
Why Mediation and Arbitration?