Wachtler, Sol
September 1986
Arbitration Journal;Sep86, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p3
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the opening remarks of Sol Wachtler, chief judge of New York, on the VIIth International Arbitration Congress held on May 7, 1986. In Wachtler's remarks, he included that the people who seek access to our courts are entitled, in our democratic society, to have the courts redress the wrongs done to them. Historically, the role of law and the courts has been a creative force in regulating social, economic, and political affairs of the republic. On the criminal side, people look to the criminal courts for salvation, people who live behind triple-locked doors because of their fear of crime, a caricature of a society which prides itself on civil liberties, the courts are practically helpless in dealing with the volume. New York City has 26,000 cases in the criminal court and only 60 judges. Arbitration is now well recognized as an effective and expeditious means of resolving disputes between willing parties desirous of avoiding the expense and delay frequently attendant to the judicial process. Not only do they support and urge the process but, assure (and those who have participated in the process in this state can attest to the fact) that there has been an even-handedness as confirmation of awards relates to parties, domestic or foreign. As further evidence of the positive reception to the arbitration process that the New York State was the first in the country to fund community dispute resolution centers within the court system.


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