The purpose of arbitration is to assist the court in resolving civil disputes of small or modest monetary claims. Arbitration is a process where the parties to a civil lawsuit present facts and legal arguments to a neutral single attorney or a panel of three neutral attorneys who then render a decision.
Any Judge of the General Division of the Court of Common Pleas may, at any time, by a general entry, order any case assigned to that Judge to be heard and decided by a Board of Arbitration. This Board consists of three (3) members who are licensed attorneys and members of the Columbus Bar Association, and the Bar of Franklin County, Ohio. The attorneys are selected as provided in Local Rule 103.01 provided the following conditions are satisfied:
(1) The case must be at least 60 days old; and
(2) All of the parties must have appeared in the case; and
(3) The apparent value of the claim or claims of the plaintiff or the plaintiffs shall not exceed Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) exclusive of interest and costs; and
(4) Generally, the case should not involve any complicated issues of significant fact; and
(5) The case should not involve any complicated legal issues that are central to the case; and
(6) The case should be of the type that is capable of being arbitrated pursuant to these rules, including, but not limited to, the rules regarding evidence and time limitations.
The parties may accept the arbitration report and award, or appeal the award to the assigned Judge for a jury trial.
Refer to: Local Rule 103.01
Patti Harrison, Court Support Services Coordinator
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