Alternative Dispute Resolution Center
The arbitration process is quite similar to a traditional court proceeding. Once the parties have presented their arguments, the arbitrators begin their deliberations. In order for a decision to be made, two of the three arbitrators must agree. Their decision will be made available to the parties later that day at 815-987-7739. The parties can then accept or reject the decision. If the decision is accepted by all sides, a court date is set so a judge can confirm the award. If the decision is rejected, a court date is set so the matter can proceed to trial.
The Winnebago County Alternative Dispute Resolution Center (ADRC) is located in Stewart Square; 308 West State Street, Suite 25, Rockford, Illinois 61101. The Center was the first of its kind in the State of Illinois. Since the center was established in 1987, it has handled an average of 1,000 civil cases each year. Many of these cases are settled before the set arbitration date.
- The case must be a civil, not criminal, matter seeking only money damages.
- The monetary sum being sought must be over $10,000 but no more than $50,000.