Adjudication is a unique fast track dispute resolution process where the primary objective is the interim but NZDRC Contractual Adjudication Infographic(2)binding determination of any dispute in a manner that is fair, prompt, and cost effective.

On 1 April 2003, the Construction Contracts Act 2002 came into force and in doing so dramatically changed the face of dispute resolution in the construction industry in New Zealand with the introduction of adjudication as a statutory process for resolving disputes arising under construction contracts. So successful has adjudication been, that it has become the dispute resolution process of choice for the industry and has effectively sidelined all other dispute resolution processes due to speed, procedural simplicity and cost.

NZDRC has introduced its contractual adjudication rules to give parties to commercial disputes access to the same effective and efficient dispute resolution process. The overriding objective of NZDRC's contractual adjudication rules is to enable the adjudicator to produce a determination within 30 days of the commencement date.

In this section you will find an overview of the adjudication process from agreement to adjudicate to determination:

  • Step One: Adjudication Agreement
  • Step Two: Notice of Adjudication
  • Step Three: Adjudicator appointment
  • Step Four: Claim
  • Step Five: Defence
  • Step Six: Reply
  • Step Seven: Response
  • Step Eight: Determination

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