What is Binding Arbitration? Arbitration provides a private, fast and more cost-effective method of obtaining a final and binding resolution of a dispute that cannot be resolved through negotiation or mediation. It can be confidential by agreement between the parties. Arbitration is another form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and is a legal technique to resolve disputes outside the courts. Here, the parties to a dispute choose an "Arbitrator," whose decision binds the parties to a legally enforceable agreement. Some retired Judges serve as arbitrators due to their training and experience in hearing and deciding cases in court. Arbitration is a settlement technique in which a neutral third party (Arbitrator) reviews the case and issues a decision that is legally binding on both sides.
Alternatively, Non-Binding Arbitration: You can choose non-binding arbitration which is a blend of Mediation and Arbitration. Here, the Arbitrator mediates but also advises the parties on probable outcomes on issues that a Court decides; for example: in an injury case, a determination of liability and if appropriate an indication of the amount of damages or compensation payable. Although advisory only and not binding the Arbitrator's recommendations carry great moral weight when he is a retired District Judge and generally motivates the parties to settle their case. The parties retain the flexibility to reject the Arbitrator's recommendations or settle their dispute based upon the persuasive authority of the Arbitrator's advice.
Judge Granier's former law practice included representation of both Plaintiffs and Defendants. In arbitrating a case Judge Granier acts as a third-party neutral in resolving the case and does not represent any party in the Arbitration.