STEPS IN THE ARBITRATION PROCESS
- Dispute arises (Start)
- Request for and submission of dispute to arbitration (This may be to a specific arbitrator or to an arbitral institution. Choices may be predicated by a pre-contractual term in an agreement which has given rise to the dispute.
- Parties agree on an arbitrator or an arbitrator is appointed by an arbitral institution or a court.
- Arbitrator accepts appointment.
- Preliminary meeting at arbitrator's request. This may be a joint session with everyone present or may be conducted by telephone conference.
- Arrangements for the arbitration including hire of venue and travel arrangements, usually done by the parties with or without the assistance of an arbitral institution.
- Arbitrator issues directions.
- Preliminary hearings and interim awards possible in respect of security of costs, scope of arbitration agreement etc.
- Submission of pleadings: claims / counterclaims and response to counterclaim.
- Discovery and preparation of agreed documents.
- Preparation of expert reports.
- Hearing (all parties, representatives, witnesses and experts and arbitrator).
- Award : decision and costs (The End).
- If non compliance - action for enforcement or challenge of or to award.