Adjudicative Processes

Arbitration

A process in which each party in a dispute and their attorney present their position before a neutral third party, who makes a decision. If the parties agree in advance, the award is binding and is enforceable in the same manner as any contractual obligation.  If the parties do not stipulate that the award is binding, the award is advisory and a request for trial de novo (trial in MN District Court) may be made by any party.

Consensual Special Magistrate (Special Master)

A process in which a dispute is presented to a neutral third party in the same manner as a civil lawsuit is presented to a judge.  This process is binding and includes the right of appeal to the MN Court of Appeals.

Moderated Settlement Conference

A process in which each party and their attorney present their position before a panel of neutral third parties.  The panel may issue a non-binding advisory opinion regarding liability, damages, or both.

Summary Jury Trial

A process in which each party and their attorney present a summary of their position before a panel of jurors.  The number of jurors on the panel is six unless the parties agree otherwise.  The panel may issue a non-binding advisory opinion regarding liability, damages, or both.

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