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Small Claims Court Arbitrator Volunteers

With the consent of the parties, a volunteer Arbitrator hears and decides everyday New Yorkers' Small Claims disputes. Cases are interesting and fun.

Attorneys interested must be admitted to the New York State bar at least five years* and complete training consisting of a two-hour class (in which you earn 2 free CLE credits) plus one or two evenings observing an experienced arbitrator. Once you have completed the training, you will be sworn in and may choose where and how often you would like to sit throughout the year. Join the over 2800 Small Claims Court Arbitrators in New York City who preside over 95% of the cases heard in the Small Claims Court.

Please check back again soon for more information about becoming an Arbitrator.

* 2 years admitted for NYS Unified Court System Court Attorneys - Atty General - Corporation Counsel for The City of New York



Important Notice to All Arbitrators: Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern Fisher has issued a directive regarding all inquests to be performed by arbitrators in Small/Commercial Claims Court, effective immediately. You may view the directive and the new additional form for inquests by following this link:



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