Those who were waiting through the pandemic to get divorced will know the frustration of delayed hearings, elusive dates and no end in sight. For anyone who doesn’t want to see their divorce drag on into late 2022 or 2023, Brick, Jones, McBrien and Hickey LLP is pleased to announce that we have built a private courtroom in our newly leased space at 250 First Avenue in Needham where family law and other legal disputes can be resolved. Consider arbitrating your divorce in a private setting rather than in the state court system to reach conclusion in your family law matter.
So what is divorce arbitration? Arbitration is a binding process that must be agreed on by the parties before commencing the arbitration. The difference between an arbitration and a mediation is that the arbitrator decides the case, rather than a mediator getting the parties to agree, a process which is non-binding. Arbitration is an excellent option for those who are unable to reach resolution other than through the court system, which is experiencing a significant backlog of cases. The arbitration process is a quicker and more efficient means to an end. The process is also private, enabling divorcing parties to stay out of the public domain with their private affairs. Another benefit is the ability to agree on the arbitrator, who is often a private judge or skilled attorney, rather than being assigned a judge at random.
Physical Space in the Courtroom
- An elevated Judges bench and chair that allows for a view of the entire courtroom
- A witness stand
- Two tables and chairs for Plaintiff/Attorney and Defendant/Attorney
- Four gallery benches
- A connected small kitchen for coffee and a small breakout
Technology for the Courtroom
- A 45” Vizio Smart TV that remotely elevates from the Judges bench and is connected to an Apple processor to:
- Wirelessly display documents, screenshare videos/pictures, zoom, etc.
- Camera that is wirelessly connected and has zooming/directional capabilities to broadcast the two tables and the gallery
- Microphones dispersed around the courtroom to pick up audio anywhere in the courtroom
- A 45” Vizio Smart TV off to the right that pulls out from the wall to:
- Wirelessly display documents, screenshare videos/pictures, etc.
When Can I Arbitrate my Case?
The courtroom is a beautiful light-filled space which offers technology that will permit its virtual or in-person use. The courtroom is available for rent. If you wish to replicate the court experience in a private setting to adjudicate your matter, please contact us to reserve your time. Several of our experienced attorneys are also available to act as arbitrators who can adjudicate any aspect of or your entire family law matter in our private state-of-the art courtroom, enabling you to move forward in an efficient private manner.