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  • 1280 - 1280.2 General Provisions of a Civil Nature
  • 1281 - 1281.95 Agreements
  • 1282 - 1284.2 Conduct of Proceedings
  • 1285 - 1288.8 Enforcement of Award
  • 1290 - 1294.2 General provisions Related to Judicial Proceedings
  • 1295 Medical Malpractice
  • 1296 Public Construction Contract
  • 1297.11 - 1297.432 Arbitration and Conciliation of International Commercial Disputes
  • 1298 - 1298.8 General Provisions of a Civil Nature

In arbitration, each side in a dispute presents its case, including evidence to a neutral third party called an "arbitrator" rather than to a judge. The arbitrator issues an award based on the evidence, just as a judge would in a court. Although evidence is presented, arbitration is a less formal process than a court litigation.

Arbitration may be "binding" or "nonbinding" depending on what the parties agree to before beginning the process. "Nonbinding arbitration" means that the disputants in the case are not required to accept the arbitrator's award; they may request a new hearing in court. In binding arbitration, the disputants agree that the arbitrator's decision is final.

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) is a public service, nonprofit organization offering a broad range of dispute resolution services to business executives, attorneys, individual employees, trade associations, unions, management, consumers, families, communities, and all levels of government. These services include administration of such dispute resolution methods as arbitration, mediation, mini-trial, impartial elections, and other voluntary settlement procedures.


American Arbitration Association (AAA)
One Sansome Street, 16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 981-3901
(415) 781-8426 Fax

American Arbitration Association (AAA)
725 South Figueroa Street, Suite 2400
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 362-1900
(213) 623-9134 Fax

American Arbitration Association (AAA)
600 B Street, Suite 1450
San Diego, CA 92101-4586

American Arbitration Association (AAA)
2030 Main Street, Suite 1650
Irvine, CA 92614-7240
(949) 251-9836
(949) 251-9842 Fax

American Arbitration Association (AAA)
6795 North Palm Avenue, 2nd Floor
Fresno, CA 93704
(559) 490-1850
(559) 490-1919 Fax

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