As one of the oldest, most successful private judicial services in the country, JAG provides the legal and business communities with cost effective, efficient dispute resolution programs, including mediation and arbitration. In addition to providing alternative dispute resolution methods, JAG arbiters also conduct mock appellate arguments and review; serve in court-appointed functions such as receivers, liquidators, trustees, special masters and statutorily appointed judges; and conduct mock jury trials and focus groups. JAG is composed exclusively of former trial and appellate judges, each of whom was a distinguished leader during service on the bench. Each judge brings to JAG a commitment to case resolution based upon a depth of knowledge and experience with litigants and the legal process.
JAG was founded in 1984 in Boulder, Colorado by former Chief District Judge Richard W. Dana and 20th Judicial District Administrator Jerry D. Lockwood, and expanded soon thereafter to include former Colorado Supreme Court Justice William Neighbors. In 2011 the leadership of JAG transitioned to former Judges William Meyer and Sanford Brook, who continue the tradition of quality in all forms of dispute resolution services. JAG now boasts a professional staff of twenty-four arbiters, all former trial and appellate judges representing several regions of the country, and has gained an international reputation for excellence over the past 35 years.
Offices of the Judicial Arbiter Group are designed for efficiency and function, with ample facilities for arbitration hearings, settlement conferences and summary jury trials. There is generous space for private attorney-client conferencing. Computerized attorney work stations with access to internet, e-mail, word processing and legal research are available. All facilities of the Judicial Arbiter Group are handicap accessible with convenient parking nearby.
JAG's courtroom is equipped with the most advanced presentation and recording tools, including ELMO, Skype, a 120" high definition projection screen, and two 55" LCD monitors. Additionally, JAG has the capacity to digitally record three juries deliberating simultaneously. These capabilities permit counsel to give effective, technology-based presentations, record witness testimony for future review, and observe and record real time jury deliberations.