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What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is a private and informal adjudicatory process similar to a court. The Arbitrator makes a decision that is legally binding and enforceable upon the parties.
The hearing is much less formal in procedure than a court, but each party has the right to present proofs and arguments as in a court of law. In arbitration the disputants give up the power to create their own solution and place resolution of their problem in the hands of the Arbitrator.
Arbitration is a separate process from Mediation. The Mediation Process of the BYU Center for Conflict Resolution requires no fees—the service is free. Arbitration, however, requires payment of fees--$15.00 to file a claim or counterclaim.