Q: What is court-annexed arbitration? Does that means I'm not allowed to litigate my claim?
A: No. Depending on the court, you are likely required to participate in an arbitration in good faith prior to proceeding to trial. Assuming the arbitration is court mandated and not mandated by contract, if you or the other party do not agree with the arbitration award, you can reject it and proceed to trial. That said, arbitrations are highly technical, and it is highly advised you consult with an attorney immediately, as there are deadlines and notice requirements that must be met.
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