Mandatory Arbitration Program

Arbitration is a type of alternate dispute resolution (ADR) which is mandatory in all Arbitration cases filed in McHenry County. These are civil cases where money damages between $10,000 and $50,000 are sought. Small Claims suits in which a jury demand is filed are also subject to the Arbitration process, as well as cases that are transferred to Arbitration from other divisions. 

Arbitration Hearings are similar to court proceedings: parties present their arguments and evidence to a panel of three attorneys serving as Arbitrators; the Arbitrators deliberate; and then the Arbitrators deliver a non-binding decision, called an Award, which can be rejected by any party who has participated in the Hearing in good faith. 

Arbitration Hearings are held across the street from the Judicial Center, at the Arbitration office located at 400 Russel Court, Suite 6, Woodstock, IL.  Arbitration appearances can also be made remotely by Zoom, no special permission required.

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For more information, please contact the Arbitration Administrator using the contact information below:

22nd Judicial Circuit Mandatory Arbitration Program

400 Russel Court, Suite 6
Woodstock, IL 60098
P: 815/337-0582
F: 815/337-0661