Arbitration is a procedure in which a dispute is submitted, by agreement of the parties, to one or more arbitrators who make a binding decision on the dispute. In choosing arbitration, the parties opt for a private dispute resolution procedure instead of going to court. It is a form of alternative dispute resolution.  The parties can each have their own lawyers to represent them or they can make their case without an attorney.  Unlike Collaborative Practice or Mediation, where the parties make the final decision, in arbitration the arbitrator decides the outcome of the case.  

  • Typically used for commercial cases, especially with international commercial transactions

  • Arbitration is consensual

  • The parties choose the arbitrator(s)

  • Arbitration is neutral

  • Arbitration is a confidential procedure

  • The decision of the arbitral tribunal is final and easy to enforce