Frequently Asked Questions
What administrative services does Iowa Arbitrators provide?
Iowa Arbitrators will
- Facilitate the initiation of an arbitration proceeding either by accepting a petition for arbitration or by acting on an agreement to arbitrate submitted by the parties
- Provide a roster of neutrals from which the parties may choose an arbitrator or panel of arbitrators and initiate a process for selection when the parties cannot agree
- Upon selection of the arbitrator(s), request disclosure from the neutral as to any potential disqualifying conflict(s) and secure the neutral’s signature on an oath and acceptance of the case
- Schedule a preliminary conference between the parties and the arbitrator
- Provide a set of rules to govern the arbitral process, rules that may be modified upon agreement of the parties
- Maintain digital copies of documents filed in the arbitration from initiation of the proceeding through issuance of an award.
How do I initiate an arbitration proceeding through Iowa Arbitrators?
An arbitration proceeding may be instituted using the petition for arbitration found on the Resources page of our website. Simply send two copies of the completed petition, the arbitration agreement, and a filing fee of $250 to Iowa Arbitrators at 308 E. Burlington Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240. You must also send a copy of the petition for arbitration and the arbitration agreement to the respondent. Within 10 days after receipt of the petition, a representative of Iowa Arbitrators will contact the parties to assist in the selection of an arbitrator or arbitration panel and the scheduling of a preliminary conference.
You may also call us at 319-338-2508 or email us at administrator@IowaArbitrators.com. We will work with you to facilitate the filing of a petition to arbitrate or an arbitration submission agreement and the selection of an arbitrator or panel of arbitrators.
What happens after an arbitration has been commenced with Iowa Arbitrators?
The parties will be asked to select a neutral from our roster to serve as the arbitrator. We will then request disclosure from the neutral as to any potential disqualifying conflict(s) and secure the neutral’s signature on an oath and acceptance of the case. Once an arbitrator or panel of arbitrators has been chosen, we will promptly schedule a preliminary conference between the arbitrator and the parties.
What if the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator?
If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator, they will be given three names, chosen on a rotating basis by Iowa Arbitrators from our roster of neutrals. Each party will then have the opportunity to strike a name from the list. The neutral remaining on the list after the parties have exercised their strikes will be assigned to arbitrate the case.
What is the purpose of the preliminary conference?
The preliminary conference is helpful in expediting the arbitration. It is conducted by telephone and provides an opportunity for the parties and the arbitrator to discuss the future conduct of the case, including clarification of the issues and claims, a timetable for any exchange of information or discovery, a date for the hearing, and any other matters that will promote a smooth and efficient arbitral process.
What is the cost to conduct an arbitration through Iowa Arbitrators?
- There is a $250 filing fee to use the services of Iowa Arbitrators. This fee will be collected from the petitioner or claimant when the arbitration is commenced. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, this fee may be allocated in the arbitrator’s award.
- The arbitrator’s fee is determined independently by the arbitrator and the parties. The neutral(s) selected will arrange for payment for their services directly with the parties.
Who are the neutrals on Iowa Arbitrators’ roster?
Our neutrals are licensed lawyers with considerable experience serving as an arbitrator or with an extensive judicial background. They work directly with the lawyers who have engaged their services to design and implement an arbitration process that best meets the parties’ needs.
Are the parties required to use Iowa Arbitrators’ Rules?
Arbitration is a creature of contract, and the parties are free to select their own rules and procedures. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the rules and procedures of Iowa Arbitrators shall govern arbitrations conducted through Iowa Arbitrators.