Source: (1997) Issue paper 8. Project 94. Pretoria, South Africa: South African Law Commission.The South African Law Commission, established by the South African Law Commission Act (1973), undertakes research to study and investigate all areas of law in order to make recommendations for the development, improvement, modernization, and reform of law in South Africa. This document consists of an issue paper prepared by the Commission to elicit responses and serve as a basis for the Commission’s deliberations on alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Sections of the paper cover the origins of the Commission’s consideration of ADR; a description of the nature of ADR and types of ADR; specific issues with respect to ADR (the role of ADR in civil practice, and family mediation); and recommendations for the use of ADR in South Africa.