What is Private Judging?
Alabama's Private Judge Acts allow parties to hire certain qualified former judges to hear certain types of cases and make decisions, bypassing the court system to streamline the process.
Alabama Act 2012-266 authorized the appointment of former or retired judges to serve as private judges in certain district and circuit court cases; and to provide that a private judge would receive compensation for his or her service. It was enacted February 7, 2012 by the Legislature of Alabama.
Alabama Act 2012-266
Alabama Act 2018-384 - Amends Act 2012-266 Private Judging to include former probate judges. It was signed March 26, 2018 by Governor Kay Ivey.
Alabama Act 2018-384
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Services of a Mediator, Arbitrator, or Private Judge?
Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Alabama Private Judge Act authorized the appointment of former or retired judges to serve as private judges in certain district and circuit court cases. - More -
Arbitration agreements, are often found in pre-printed consumer contracts. They require parties to the contract to resolve disputes in binding arbitration, rather than in court before a judge and/or jury. - More -
Mediation is a confidential, informal process during which an impartial third party, the mediator, assists disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement regarding their dispute.
- General Mediation offers a path to resolving many disputes. - More -
- Family Mediation offers divorce and family mediation for parenting, divorce and post-divorce issues. - More -
- Forclosure Prevention and Mortgage Modification Mediation offers specially-trained mediators to assist Alabama citizens with foreclosure and mortgage problems by mediating between the homeowner and the mortgage holder. - More -
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