Using the rent-a judge method is one way of securing a qualified dispute arbitrator who is acceptable to all parties. Disputing parties who cannot come to an agreement privately agree to hire a former judge to hear their case to conclusion. This method answers critic's main objection to binding arbitration - that under National Construction Industry Arbitration Committee rules, if the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator, the American Arbitration Association can appoint a person of unknown qualities. After choosing a judge, the parties agree on whether or not the judge's decision will be binding.
Because the rent-a-judge method is becoming more widely used, many states have enacted legislation to enable the procedure. To learn more about renting a judge, this article provides details on how to order the publication "Alternative Dispute Resolution for Design Professionals."