Judicate West maintains the highest standard of service anywhere in the ADR industry. Our core services of Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging, plus our special programs including Jury Mediation are available across all commercial and non-commercial areas of the law. Judicate West's combination of highly competent service oriented staff, well-appointed facilities, and best in class neutrals is unmatched.
Mediation is a voluntary non-binding negotiation process facilitated by an impartial neutral mediator. The neutral helps the parties focus on the real issues involved in the dispute, and is skilled at helping the parties find a middle ground. Mediation is a very popular means of settling disputes and offers a way to avoid the time, costs, and risks involved in traditional litigation.
Arbitration is a dispute resolution procedure where parties agree to submit their disputes to an impartial neutral arbitrator or arbitrators. The arbitrator considers all arguments and evidence from all sides in a case and then renders a written final and binding decision. Prior to the arbitration the parties must agree on the neutral, and the rules to be used to govern the proceedings.
The use of private judging services such as "Special Master", "Discovery Referee" or Pro Tem Judges stipulated to or appointed from the court have become routine for cases requiring a large and complex discovery phase. These independent and impartial neutrals take an active approach to managing the case by coordinating discovery and resolving discovery disputes.
Jury Mediation is a unique and innovative form of focus group or mock trial jury research. It is conducted cooperatively with all parties within the mediation framework. The process provides a real-time view of how jurors may interpret the evidence in a case.