# Arbitration Litigation
Private/Public Private – between the two parties Public – in a courtroom
Type of Proceeding Civil – private Civil and criminal
Evidence allowed Limited evidentiary process Rules of evidence allowed
How arbitrator/judge selected Parties select arbitrator Court appoints judge – parties have limited input
Formality Informal Formal
Appeal available Usually binding; no appeal possible Appeal possible
Use of attorneys At discretion of parties; limited Extensive use of attorneys
Waiting time for case to be heard As soon as arbitrator selected; short Must wait for case to be scheduled; long
Costs Fee for arbitrator, attorneys Court costs, attorney fees; costly