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Services Offered

What Kinds of Services Does the RCBA Dispute Resolution Service Provide?  
Several different methods have been developed for resolution of disputes.

Arbitration

The Trial Court may refer the parties or they may mutually agree to have the case arbitrated. Arbitration involves a neutral third party who hears evidence about the dispute and renders an decision. The result may be binding or non-binding, based upon the parties' agreement.

Mediation

In mediation, a neutral third party assists disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable settlement of their dispute.

Neutral Case Evaluation

In neutral case evaluation, the third party assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the parties' contentions and evidence, based on written and oral presentations, and offers a valuation of the case.

Fact-Finding

The neutral third party decides factual disputes after conducting an investigation. This is particularly helpful in accounting cases where the evidence is extensive.

Mini-Trials

The parties present their best case in a summary fashion to the neutral third party who renders a non-binding opinion. This process may include impaneling a jury.

Settlement Conference

The parties informally meet with the neutral third party to explore options for settling their dispute.

Adjudication by Referee-Pro Tem Judge

The parties select a neutral third party who will act as a regular sitting judge, and the matter is adjudicated as if it were a trial with a court reporter and all rights of appeal. The advantages of this procedure through the RCBA Dispute Resolution Service are to allow the parties to choose a certain date and rapidly conclude the case without interruptions.
 
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