Compulsory Arbitration - Part I: What Is It?

Compulsory Arbitration – Part I: What Is It?

So, what is “compulsory arbitration?” Essentially, it is a highly shortened and abbreviated form of litigation that goes before an attorney instead of a judge. Most attorneys licensed in Arizona are required to act as the arbitrator on cases periodically. As the arbitrator, the attorney essentially acts as the judge and jury on the case. The attorney will rule on discovery matters and otherwise handle pre-hearing disputes. Under certain circumstances, the attorney will rule on legal motions. The arbitrator will conduct the hearing, rule on legal and evidentiary motions at the hearing, and afterwards, render a decision on the merits. The decision is appealable, as will be set forth in the next blog.So, what is “compulsory arbitration?” Essentially, it is a highly shortened and abbreviated form of litigation that goes before an attorney instead of a judge. Most attorneys licensed in Arizona are required to act as the arbitrator on cases periodically. As the arbitrator, the attorney essentially acts as the judge and jury on the case. The attorney will rule on discovery matters and otherwise handle pre-hearing disputes. Under certain circumstances, the attorney will rule on legal motions. The arbitrator will conduct the hearing, rule on legal and evidentiary motions at the hearing, and afterwards, render a decision on the merits. The decision is appealable, as will be set forth in the next blog.

Michael L. Kitchen
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