Addressing what it described as an issue of first impression nationally, the Illinois Appellate Court held that a dispute over an arbitrator’s discovery order remains unripe for judicial review until after the arbitrator issues a final award. Klehr v. Illinois Farmers Ins. Co.,No. 1-12-1843 (Ill. App. Ct. Jan. 22, 2013). Here, one of the parties to the arbitration sought to obtain judicial review of the arbitrator’s interlocutory ruling on a discovery issue by filing a declaratory judgment action in court. Dismissing the action, the court concluded that judges may not review an arbitrator’s interlocutory rulings until the arbitration process is complete. The court reasoned that allowing interlocutory orders of arbitrators to be reviewed prior to completion of the arbitration would reduce the efficiency and cost effectiveness of arbitration.