Very often, even in the case of disputes in minor matters, the courts are called upon without the parties in dispute having previously attempted to settle the dispute. At the end of such a procedure, in addition to the right that has been won, in many cases there is, for example, a failed neighborly relationship.
Here, the arbitration regulations of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate offer the possibility of out-of-court dispute resolution by an arbitrator. The parties involved in the dispute can submit an application for arbitration to the local arbitrator, describing the disputed facts and formulating the request for arbitration.
The parties are invited to the arbitration hearing by the arbitrator and must appear in person. Unexcused absence from the arbitration hearing can be punished with a fine. The negotiation is conducted by the arbitrator with the aim of reaching an amicable settlement with mutual concessions of the parties.
Through their willingness to listen to those involved and respond to their arguments, arbitrators create the conditions for the parties to reach agreement and restore social peace. If an agreement cannot be reached or the other party to the dispute does not appear at the scheduled arbitration date, there is still the possibility of appealing to the court.