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...
the court shows you stream or watch on tv have an audience. a key advantage of arbitration is the private nature of the process. unlike proceeding to court or a tribunal where what takes place forms part of the public record, arbitration does not take place in the public eye. i often find that my clients appreciate not having to air their dirty laundry in the public eye.
also, those court shows tend to follow the same format + timeline for all cases. arbitration is not like that. it is a flexible, private process that can be customized.