does arbitration have to be formal?

as it is an adversarial, adjudicative process, a degree of formality is required in arbitration; however, not nearly the same extent of formality that exists in a traditional courtroom setting.

deadlines in arbitration should be taken seriously, as should any limits placed on submissions. that said, i have conducted arbitrations where everyone did away for formal salutations and refered to one another (including me) on a first name basis.

the arbitration process is flexible, and that includes the degree of formality involved. i find that some people take comfort in certain procedural formalities while others can find them intimidating. it really is something to consider on a case-by-case basis, including based on the personalities of participants, the nature of their relationships + what is hoped to be achieved through arbitration.

 

 

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