Legal disputes can be either criminal or civil. Criminal law deals with offences against the person, property, state, legal system and morality, Civil law includes the law of contract, tort and consumer affairs. Disputes occur across a wide range of different areas of social activity. Legal disputes sometimes overlap both criminal and civil law. Traditionally the hierarchy of courts dealt with all types of legal disputes. Criminal cases are dealt with by the courts mainly. Civil law deals with civil disputes in society. There has been a move away from the courts caused by the development of alternative methods of disputes or ADR and tribunals. Dispute resolution methods involve mediation, conciliation, arbitration and judicial determination. Courts use judicial determination to resolve disputes. The newer tribunals use mediation, conciliation and arbitration. The tribunals are faster, cheaper, and less formal and can be binding.