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Arbitration is a procedure much like a trial, but less formal. Instead of a decision being made by a judge or jury, an arbitrator hears the evidence and makes a decision.
Like a judge, an arbitrator makes rulings on motions, decides the order in which witnesses appear and the testimony they give, and may impose penalties on a party who disobeys the arbitrator’s orders. Like a jury, an arbitrator hears the evidence, determines which side wins and which side loses, and decides what the result will be.
There are two kinds of cases that go into arbitration: civil lawsuits and domestic relations or family law cases.
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