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  • Why should I become an SCAA member?
    SCAA members gain access to arbitration scheduling functionality and direct communication with court clerks. They also receive specialized resources and trainings.
  • What are the requirements to become a Small Claims Arbitrator?
    Attorneys in private practice interested in becoming a Small Claims Arbitrator must be admitted to the New York State bar for at least five (5) years. Attorneys who are employed by NYS Unified Court System Court, the NYS Attorney General's office, or the Corporation Counsel for The City of New York must be admitted to the New York State bar for at least two (2) years. All attorneys must omplete the Small Claims Arbitrator Training.
  • What does the training to become a Small Claims Arbitrator entail?
    The training to become a Small Claims Arbitrator consists of: one free two-hour class and observing an experienced arbitrator during one or two sessions of Small Claims Court. See the events page for upcoming trainings.
  • Do I need to join the Small Claims Arbitrators Association?
    No. Membership is voluntary, but encouraged and very helpful to running our small startup bar association. We keep membership fees low at only $50 per year, which gives you a certificate of membership. *SCAA offers hardship waivers.
  • When is Small Claims Court in session?
    The Civil Court of each county sets their own schedule for Small Claims Court. Generally, there are: morning sessions from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., afternoon sessions from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., and various evening sessions from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
  • Can I Arbitrate remotely or by video conference?
    No. All Small Claims arbitrations are in person and in the Civil Court Courthouses.
  • Are Small Claims Arbitrators compensated?
    No. All Small Claims arbitrators are volunteers.
  • Are Arbitrators given immunity for their actions?
    Yes. Arbitrators are given immunity for their actions while in Small Claims Court.
  • How often do I need to serve to maintain my status as a Small Claims Arbitrator?
    There is no minimum set requirement, but the SCAA highly suggests our members arbitrate at least one session of Small Claims Court each year.
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