Opening a Din Torah (Arbitration) Case
at the Beth Din of America
If someone wishes to bring a case to the Beth Din of America, he or she may request that the Beth Din send a summons (hazmana) to inform the person being summoned. The Beth Din will typically send up to three hazmanot, following which the Beth Din, in its discretion, may issue a contempt decree (seruv). To open a case before the Beth Din and begin the hazmana process, please provide the information requested below. If both sides have already signed or are prepared to sign a contract or arbitration agreement naming the Beth Din of America as arbitrator, you may contact the Beth Din at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 807-9042 to discuss scheduling a din torah hearing without the need for a hazmana.
There is a $100 filing fee to begin the hazmana process. In the event that the Beth Din of America decides not to send out a hazmana or to take any other action in this case, the filing fee will be returned.
The Rules and Procedures of the Beth Din can be accessed online at www.bethdin.org. A hard copy of the Rules and Procedures can be obtained upon request. Your application will be reviewed and a response given within three weeks of receipt of the form.