What is Arbitration?
Arbitration is when opposing parties agree to submit their dispute to a neutral third party who will make a decision that will be binding upon both sides. Mediation is when the parties agree to meet in an effort to settle their dispute with a third party, who seeks to guide the parties to a mutually agreeable settlement. Because litigation is so expensive, the alternatives of arbitration and mediation are growing more common.
Arbitration is common in Maricopa County, because the rules for the Local Superior Court require that all claims for less than $50,000 be subject to compulsory arbitration, with an optional appeal to a jury trial after the arbitration is completed. Not all cases are suitable for mediation or arbitration. We can advise you as to whether participation in a mediation or arbitration is advisable in your particular case, always considering your long-term goals.