- During the initial scheduling conference in a civil case, the judge, parties and attorneys may select arbitration as the best forum for reaching a settlement. In this process a trained arbitrator is given the authority to manage the case for approximately 120 days. Arbitrators may be selected from a list available in the courtroom. Arbitrators oversee discovery and decide all motions after a case is assigned to them, conduct evidentiary hearings, and render decisions. If the parties choose binding arbitration, the arbitrator's award is converted into a judgment of the Court. If the arbitration is non-binding, the parties must file a timely request for a trial de novo or the arbitrator's award is converted into a judgment of the Court. These motions for a trial are filed, in person or by mail, in the main Multi-Door office on the first floor of Court Building C, 410 E St NW.
Location of arbitrationsArbitrators conduct hearings either in their offices or at the Mediation Center, which is located in Court Building C, 410 E Street, N.W.
To reach usFor information on Arbitration, contact Sharon Conyers, Arbitration Program Officer: (202) 879-0662.