The Hearing on the Merits - Chapter 9 - The College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration - 2nd Edition
Henri C. Alvarez, Esq., Partner, Fasken Martineau, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
William L. D. Barrett, Esq., Of Counsel, Butzel Long, New York, New York
Louis A. Craco, Esq., Independent Arbitrator and Mediator, Manhasset, New York
James P. Groton, Esq., Independent Arbitrator, Atlanta, Georgia
The arbitrators’ goals with respect to the hearing on the merits are to (1) provide each party a fair opportunity to present its evidence and argument; (2) make the hearing as smooth, efficient, and expeditious as possible; and (3) provide arbitrators all the information they need to properly resolve the issues presented.
I. DESIGNING THE APPROPRIATE HEARING PROCESS
Arbitrators should utilize their broad discretion concerning management of the hearing to establish and carry out arrangements and procedures that are fair, appropriate to the particular case, and to the extent reasonably possible, acceptable to all parties.