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).

Please choose one of the following:

    I am a plaintiff and I would like the Beth Din of America to send a hazmana. (There is a $100 filing fee.)Both parties agreed to conduct a din torah arbitration. Please contact me to arrange for a din torah.Both parties agreed to mediate the dispute. Please contact me to arrange for a mediation.I would like the Beth Din to contact me to discuss my options.

    Please briefly describe the nature of the claim, either in the space below or in a separate document. You should provide a sufficiently clear description of your claim so that someone unfamiliar with the facts of your case would understand the essential nature of your claims, although you do not need to argue your entire case at this point. Please include any supporting documentation (e.g., agreement, contract, promissory note, relevant correspondence) that will be helpful in providing background to your case. Please note that Beth Din of America policy is to forward copies of the claim letter and supporting documentation to all litigants.

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