“No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking.”—Voltaire

Arbitration is intended to offer parties a final legal outcome that is faster, simpler, and less expensive than litigation. Disputing parties agree to submit the case to an arbitrator with legal or subject matter expertise, who presides over case presentation and issues a binding opinion, subject to limited right of court review. It is frequently required by contract, and the public policy of the State of Colorado clearly encourages the resolution of disputes through arbitration. See, e.g., Colorado Permanente Medical v. Evans, 926 P.2d 1218 (Colo. 1996)

Although sometimes arbitration offers little cost savings over a non-jury trial, it can provide other advantages. It is commonly believed that arbiters are less likely than jurors to let sympathy dictate the outcome. More significantly, it allows the participants to select their own judge, which is not an option available in the court system. It also offers confidentiality.

BarrADR only arbitrates commercial cases. BarrADR does not arbitrate personal injury cases, employment cases or cases where there are pro se parties.