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Goodbye, Old Arbitration Room.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | May 28, 2010

Arbitration in the Allegheny County Court House Arbitration Room, Fifth Floor, is almost a thing of the past — almost.  Landlord Tenant cases will be heard for a few days over the Summer months, but then its off to new quarters on the Seventh Floor, City-County Building in September.

Speculation abounds why.  Some say it is engineered to get away from the horrific lines outside the old courthouse every morning, engendered by the high readings on the security gates. There are people, you know, who don’t like taking off their belts and shoes in public.  Others say it was because the greedy Criminal Division or the greedy DA or the greedy PD wanted the space.  Whatever the reason, it makes sense for Civil Division to be located entirely in one building.

Actually, since the jurisdictional limit went up, it is not uncommon to see a dozen witnesses and spectators, multiple parties and a court reporter try to cram into one of those little arbitration rooms.  And the table sometimes gets very crowded with paper. A little more space would be a good idea all around.

But for whatever reason, its happening.  So if you are filing an arbitration case, take note of the address.  If you follow old habits, you’ll be late.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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