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Getting ready for civil arbitration

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2024 | Alternative Dispute Resolution

Civil arbitration, an alternative dispute resolution process, offers a less formal setting than traditional court proceedings. However, its informal nature does not diminish its significance or the need for proper preparation and professionalism.

Whether you’re an individual navigating a dispute or you’re representing a business in its attempts to resolve a contentious issue, approaching arbitration with the right mindset and preparation can greatly influence the process’s outcome. Consider the following as you get ready to attend civil arbitration sessions.

First things first

You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the arbitration process before the scheduled date. Understand the rules, the arbitrator’s role and what to expect during the proceedings. This knowledge will help reduce anxiety and increase your confidence.

You’ll also want to organize all necessary documents, evidence and statements well in advance. Ensure that everything is in order, as this will not only aid your case but also demonstrate your seriousness and professionalism to all involved.

On the day

Dress professionally for your arbitration hearing, as doing so will reflect respect for the process and everyone’s time. Business attire, such as a suit or a professional dress, is typically appropriate. Dressing well can also boost your confidence, impacting your presentation positively.

Plan to arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes early. This will give you ample time to find parking, locate the arbitration room and settle any last-minute nerves. Arriving early will also allow you to review your notes and documents one final time before the proceedings begin.

During the arbitration, communicate respectfully and clearly. Listen attentively when others speak, and wait your turn before responding.

Should you have any questions or concerns as you prepare for arbitration, don’t hesitate to seek personalized guidance. Depending on your situation, much may be at stake, and it’s important to be as prepared as you can be accordingly.