Judicial Arbitration for Parties/counsel

Arbitration is like an informal trial or hearing. The parties present evidence and arguments to their arbitrator, who is an attorney or retired judge. The arbitrator decides the outcome of the case. In most cases, the arbitrator makes a simple decision, called an “award,” stating how much money, if any, one side must pay to the other.

In “binding” arbitration the arbitrator’s decision is final; the parties give up their right to trial and generally have no right to appeal. In “non-binding” judicial arbitration, any party that does not accept the arbitrator’s decision can request a trial.

In Riverside, parties in most general civil (non-family law) cases valued at $50,000 and under can be ordered to judicial arbitration. This means that after the arbitrator submits the award, either side can request a trial.

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