What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is a formal process in which a neutral third party receives testimony and evaluates information provided by parties involved in a dispute and then makes a judgment regarding the outcome.

What are the Benefits of Arbitration?

  • Arbitration costs are significantly less than taking a case to trial.
  • Disputes can be settled quickly. An arbitration session can be scheduled when both parties agree to use arbitration, even before a lawsuit is filed.
  • Arbitration is less formal than a court proceeding.
  • The arbitrator has more flexibility in fashioning remedies.
  • An arbitration ruling cannot be appealed, so the process is substantially shorter to bring the matter to conclusion.
  • Arbitration has more flexible rules of evidence, allowing the use of documentary evidence without the need for expensive and time-consuming verification.
  • The parties are able to select their fact-finder and decision maker.

Parties can provide for arbitration of future disputes by inserting a clause in their contracts. Parties can also submit an existing dispute to arbitration by signing an Agreement to Arbitrate.

To view ADR, Inc.'s Arbitration Rules and examples of provisions suitable for initiating an arbitration, please click the links below.

ADR, INC. Arbitration Rules and Procedures

Appendix A Arbitration Clauses
Appendix B Arbitration Submission Agreement
Appendix C Request for Arbitration
Appendix D Request for Issuance of an Invitation to Arbitrate
Appendix E Agreement to Arbitrate