What is Arbitration?
- Arbitration is a process whereby a neutral person (the arbitrator) decides a dispute between the parties in accordance with applicable law.
- The arbitrator may be appointed in different ways. Often a contract provides for the appointment of an arbitrator; sometimes, the parties may agree to submit a dispute to voluntary arbitration.
- The rules of the arbitration may be set in advance, agreed by the parties or set by the arbitrator. We or the arbitrator can suggest rules, if you wish.
- The arbitrator is a skilled practitioner who will decide the dispute and provide a reasoned decision, which will be final and binding on the parties and can be enforced through the courts.
What is Voluntary Arbitration?
- Arbitration is not limited to disputes where a contract provides for it. Any dispute can be arbitrated providing the parties agree to do so. Consequently, if parties wish to avoid the delay, expense, uncertainty and publicity of litigation through the courts, voluntary arbitration offers significant advantages. These include, most importantly, selecting the right person to decide the dispute and having that person manage the dispute efficiently and cost-effectively from start to finish.
What are the advantages of a Juris Arbitration?
- Our arbitrations are quicker, cheaper and more focused than a court trial.
- Our arbitrator will manage your dispute at a pre-hearing conference and streamline the issues, witnesses and evidence to insure an expeditious and efficient hearing.
- If issues need to be resolved before the arbitration hearing, the Arbitrator will hold case management conferences to resolve them without delay.
- We can assist the parties to make their arrangements for the hearing.
- Our electronic evidence portal simplifies and speeds up hearings by allowing you to upload your documentary evidence to our secure server and from there to disclose the evidence to your opponents and to the arbitrator in advance of the hearing.
- Our secure server allows you to quickly and efficiently display your documentary evidence to the arbitrator and all parties at the hearing.
- Our arbitrators will provide a written decision within 30 days of the conclusion of the arbitration.
Preparing for Arbitration
At the outset of the arbitration process, the Arbitrator will provide the parties with his personal Terms and Conditions explaining the basis on which he will conduct the requested arbitration. He will then take charge of the resolution of the dispute and schedule an Initial Case Conference with all parties.
At the Conference, the Arbitrator will review the dispute and establish the ground rules for the preparation and conduct of the Arbitration. The intention is to allow the parties to prepare and present their case and receive a fair hearing while resolving the dispute in an expeditious and cost effective fashion.
In the event that there are issues to be resolved between the Initial Conference and the Arbitration hearing, the Arbitrator will hold case Management Conferences to resolve such issues without delay.
Once the arbitration hearing date is selected, the Arbitrator will use Juris as the Arbitration Administrator. The Parties will be responsible for depositing a Commitment Fee with Juris to allow the Arbitrator to reserve hearing dates for the Arbitration. Juris will assist the parties to make arrangements for the hearing, including rooms, catering and any other requested services or equipment. The parties will contract directly with the providers for such services and be responsible for payment of same.
The parties will be able to use the Juris encrypted and password secured portal to upload essential documents needed for the arbitration hearing and to present the same at the hearing without the cumbersome and time consuming use of document binders and bundles. Parties will be able to present their case to The Arbitrator with simplicity and economy via laptops and screens.
Juris will provide administrative support to the Arbitrator throughout the Arbitration.