What is the difference between Mediation and Arbitration in Arizona?

Mediation and arbitration are both methods to resolve disputes out of court.  However, the similarities end there.  In arbitration, the proceeding is governed by an arbitrator who hears testimony and otherwise reviews evidence, like a trial.  The arbitrator then makes a decision as to which party prevails. By contrast, in mediation, a mediator oversees the process, but he/she does not take evidence or make a ruling.  Instead, a mediator, using conflict resolution skills, helps parties reach … [Read more...]

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