What happens if the other party fails to attend the hearing?

If the plaintiff fails to show up and has given no valid reason for his or her absence, oftentimes the arbitrator will recommend the case be dismissed. If the defendant filed a counterclaim against this plaintiff, the arbitrator will likely hear the counterclaim in the plaintiff's absence and make a decision on the counterclaim based on the case presented by the defendant.

If the defendant doesn't show up, and no valid reason is given for his/her absence, the arbitrator will hear the plaintiff's claim and make a decision based on the plaintiff's evidence in the defendant's absence. If there was a counterclaim by the defendant, but the defendant wasn't there to present that case, the counterclaim will likely be dismissed.

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1. What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?
2. I want to sue someone, how do I start the process?
3. How do I get my case heard by an Arbitrator?
4. How do I get my case heard by a Mediator?
5. How long should the arbitration session take?
6. Are arbitrations and mediations public?
7. Do I need to hire a lawyer?
8. What do I have to bring with me to arbitration?
9. Can I bring witnesses to testify on my behalf?
10. What happens if the other party fails to attend the hearing?
11. Are the arbitrators lawyers?
12. Can I appeal a mediated agreement?
13. What if the other person fails to comply after we mediated an agreement in a civil or small claims case?
14. Can I appeal the arbitrator’s decision?
15. I won my case. How do I get my money?
16. I lost my case. Where do I send the money?