What is arbitration?

Arbitration is an adjudicative dispute resolution in which a decision maker issues a ruling. In an arbitration, disputants do not haggle back and forth to craft a settlement, as they do in a negotiated process such as mediation. Parties are usually represented by counsel who argue their cases before a single arbitrator, or a panel of three arbitrators, and the arbitrator adjudicates, or judges, the matter based on the evidence. Thus, unlike participants in a mediation, who design their own settlement with the help of the neutral mediator, participants in an arbitration yield control of the outcome to the neutral arbitrator.

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What is Mediation?

Mediation is “negotiation through an intermediary”. Two or more parties meet with a neutral third party, who guides the negotiation process, advising and listening to all sides, and helps the parties arrive at a win-win settlement. A mediated settlement is non-binding. If any party in the dispute is unhappy with the outcome, that party may opt out of signing a settlement agreement and proceed to arbitration or litigation.

Mediation is now one of the fastest-growing forms of dispute resolution because:

  • it avoids the backlog of the court system;
  • it is relatively quick and inexpensive;
  • its solutions can be tailored to a specific situation;
  • the process is private and confidential;
  • and, it is very successful at preserving working relationships.

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