Cases Eligible for Arbitration

Limitations on Claim Amounts
All civil actions are subject to mandatory arbitration of each claim is exclusively for money damages in an amount exceeding $10,000, but not exceeding $50,000, exclusive of interest and costs.

Possible Reasons for Eligibility
Cases are assigned to the arbitration calendar in 3 ways:
  1. At the time of filing a complaint if the complaint is within the dollar amounts listed above
  2. If a jury demand is made in a small claims action
  3. If a case is transferred from another division (Chancery, Law Magistrate, Law) after it has been determined that the amounts in controversy are within the jurisdictional limits of the arbitration program
Qualifications in Local Rule 17.02
Qualifications for the arbitrators are outlined in local Rule 17.02 (b) (PDF).