Arbitration allows a more collegial atmosphere

As a judge, you know you have to make decisions. That’s helpful for litigants; having been a judge used to deciding motions probably makes you more prepared than the normal arbitrator to grant relief when it’s appropriate, which saves lawyers a lot of time.

However, you’re under less pressure as an arbitrator than as a judge. I don’t have 300 to 400 cases on my calendar, so I can spend more time working with the lawyers to really clarify the issues. That can help limit the time invested and allow them to better prepare for a hearing.

Arbitration also allows you to have a more collegial atmosphere with lawyers.  As a judge, you have to keep a more distant relationship. As an arbitrator, all you have to do is do what you think is the right thing and do your best to make that happen.

 Judge John S. Martin