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Arbitration

Image of a business woman by scales of justice.Arbitration is similar to a trial but less formal. There is no jury. The parties select the arbitrator, who hears the evidence and decides the case. Unless otherwise agreed, the arbitrator will work for $125 per hour pursuant to the court's arbitrator compensation schedule. The parties are responsible for paying the arbitrator's fee and have to pay a portion of the overall cost before meeting with the arbitrator. The arbitrator makes findings and issues a binding award. A party can appeal an arbitration award and have the case decided by a judge or jury at a trial, but may be responsible for additional costs if the party does not do better on appeal. The arbitration process and appeal rights may be different if the parties have a contract that requires them to submit their dispute to arbitration.

The court has an arbitration program pursuant to ORS 36.400 for the following cases:

  • Civil actions claiming less than $50,000 in money or damages, and
  • Domestic relations suits where the only issue is how to divide or dispose of property.

The court has three arbitration panels as follows:

Carl Amala
Peter Chamberlain
Richard Cowan
Kevin Crawford
Arthur Cummins, Jr.
Robert Custis
Stephen Eichelberger
K. William Gibson
Phillip Gilbert
Erica Glaser
David Hilgemann
Jennifer Hunking
Ryan Hunt
James F. Hutchinson
David Hytowitz 
Rod Jones
Greg Lusby
Luis Martinez
Christopher Piekarski
Gary Rankin
James Rich
Daniel Schanz
Leroy J. Tornquist
Keri Trask Lazarus
Robert Winkler

Arthur Cummins, Jr. 
Gordon Dick
Katherine H. Denning 
​Leroy J. Tornquist
Carl Amala
Peter Chamberlain​
Kevin Crawford
Carl Crowell
Arthur Cummins, Jr.
Robert Custis
Stephen Eichelberger
Phillip Gilbert
Erica Glaser
David Hilgemann
Ryan Hunt
David Hytowitz
Daniel Schanz
Leroy J. Tornquist
Keri Trask Lazarus​
Michele Vlach-Ing
Trent Whitford