What happens if the other side doesn’t pay after the hearing?

You won't have to go through the process of arguing your case again. What you will do is file for confirmation and enforcement of an arbitration award.  The process for this differs county-by-county, but no matter where it is you will not have to re-litigate the merits of the case (i.e. present your evidence and arguments again).  Generally speaking, a judge will take the award amount on its face and confirm/enter judgment consistent with the arbitrator's decision unless there is some major ethical, conflict of interest or bias issue.

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