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Adjudication is a form of ADR, normally more informal than arbitration. Similarly to the latter, it involves an independent third party, but the decision taken by the adjudicator does not have the same binding force as the decision of an arbitrator (normally, parties cannot go to court if they are dissatisfied with the decision of the arbitrator). Adjudicator’s decisions do not bind consumers in this way, although they usually bind businesses. Proceedings before an adjudicator are document-based (written rather than oral), and the adjudicator is an expert in the field. For more details on Adjudication and its use in the UK - see the following website: 'ADRnow'.