What is Arbitration?
Arbitration is the substitution of a person, selected by the parties to
the dispute, to act as a judge. Each party has the opportunity to present
their side of the dispute, witnesses and evidence, after which the
Arbitrator will make a decision. The parties must decide before the
arbitration begins, if the decision of the Arbitrator will be binding or
not. The rules governing the arbitration are agreed upon by the parties
prior to the beginning of the arbitration.
Arbitration is less expensive and less time-consuming than litigation,
and unlike mediation, does not require the parties to reach a settlement.
Rules of evidence are generally relaxed, and the parties can have a set day
for the arbitration to take place, unlike most trials.
Arbitration, both binding and non-binding, is available to parties involved
in civil and family disputes.
The Mediation Center, Inc. offers arbitration by a court-certified