Opening a Din Torah (Arbitration) Case at the Beth Din of America
There are different ways to resolve disputes at the Beth Din of America. In a mediation, the parties meet with someone who can help guide them to a negotiated settlement. If the parties reach an agreement, they then sign a settlement agreement which is legally binding. In a din torah, or arbitration, the parties agree to be bound by the decision of the Beth Din, hearings take place before the Beth Din, and the Beth Din issues a psak, or decision, that is legally binding. It is also possible to sign an arbitration agreement that allows the parties to attempt mediation first and then, if no settlement is reached, arbitrate the case in a din torah.
You can request that the Beth Din send a summons (hazmana) to a defendant. The Beth Din will typically send up to three hazmanot, following which the Beth Din, in its discretion, may issue a contempt decree (seruv).
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