Arbitration is an alternative to litigation or mediation in order to resolve a dispute. Arbitration panels are composed of one or three arbitrators who are selected by the parties. As an Arbitrator the responsibilities include reading and ruling on case pleadings submitted by the parties, conducting pre-hearing conference, scheduling hearing, listen to the arguments, studying case documents and/or testimonial evidence, ordering opinions, rendering oral and written final and binding award decisions. All parties must abide by the award, unless it is successfully challenged in court within the statutory time period. Arbitration is generally confidential, and documents submitted in arbitration are not publicly-available, unlike court-related filings.