is an arbitrator an adjudicator?

no. their roles are similar and, as a result, many decison makers do both but arbitration + adjudication are different. there are some key differences...

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what is the minimum amout worth arbitrating?

$1 that is totally a "price is right" answer :)

the fact is that arbitration has a reputation of being expensive. several big name arbitrators make six figures annually off their cancellation fees alone. what is important to keep in mind is the principle of proportionality. a matter is only worth arbitrating if the cost of the process makes sense for the dispute.

big stakes arbitration involving disputes over millions of dollars can cost more than small value issues, but that does not mean that arbitration is not available to address even the lowest value disputes.

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does mediating make you a better arbitrator?

yes. in fact, much contemporary training of decision makers includes mediation training. there are several reasons for this.

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is arbitration like the court shows on tv?

i especially like this question because i have been known to reference judge judy when i explain what arbitration is.

the answer is no, though. for two main reasons...

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what is baseball arbitration?

it is final offer selection. that is, the outcome of a dispute is decided by a third party arbitrator; however, the arbitrator chooses amongst the final offers presented by the parties to deliver conflict closure.

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what if the other party tries to back out once the arbitration has started?

when i am appointed to arbitrate a dispute, the parties who retain me grant me the authority to decide the outcome of their dispute. my jurisdiction is not revocable without mutual consent so the other party alone cannot decide to walk away from arbitration.

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do i need a lawyer to arbitrate?

no. some arbitrators are hesitant to arbitrate for self-represented parties but i am not one of them.

i am committed to access to justice + offering my arbitration services equally to all.

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how long does arbitration take?

it really depends on the complexity of the case, the number of issues to be decided + the style of the proceeding. arbitration can take place all at once, like having your day in court, or over a series of stages with deadlines.

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can the arbitrator's decision be appealed?

the purpose of arbitrating is to obtain closure. it is much harder to appeal or set aside the award of an arbitrator than it is a court of law.

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do i need to secure an arbitration date?

no. there are different ways that arbitration can take place and not all arbitration processes require that everyone gather at the same date + time.

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how much does arbitration cost?

it really depends on the complexity of the case, the number of issues to be decided + the duration of the proceeding. i pride myself of efficient processes and being among the lower cost qualified arbitrators out there.

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what are the advantages of arbitration?

there are many advantages of arbitrating that are worth considering...

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what is your arbitration style?

while i often speak of judge judy when i explain what arbitration is, i would say that my style is the polar opposite of her's. i am a big believer in procedural justice + ensuring that parties before me have the chance to make their case in full, free of bias + intimidation.

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can i mediate after proceeding to arbitration?

yes. until the time that the arbitrator presents a binding award upon the parties, it is usually possible for all involved in an arbitration to agree to their own solution + withdraw from the process. it may be important to ensure that this is clear in the terms of your arbitrator's engagement, including the costs that would apply.

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what if we do not agree on an arbitrator?

the appointment of an arbitrator can be more complicated than selecting a mediator. after all, the mediator will not make a decision for you. the arbitrator will.

closure is neater in arbitration when all parties agree to the arbitrator tasked with making a binding decision for them. as with mediator selection mechanisms, there are mechanisms available to help in situations where parties cannot agree on who will arbitrate their dispute. sometimes, such mechanisms are offered in the authority that directs parties to arbitration. it can be helpful to check there first.

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