Arbitration panels

NZDRC maintains two panels of arbitrators

All NZDRC’s arbitrators have been appointed to NZDRC’s panels because of their extensive knowledge and expertise in law coupled with their extensive knowledge, skill and experience in arbitration.

NZDRC provides a continuing professional development programme for its arbitrators to ensure consistency and excellence in the delivery of its services. All arbitrators on NZDRC’s panels are required to maintain appropriate levels of continuing professional development.
In essence, the maintenance of two panels of arbitrators by NZDRC simply recognises and respects the different levels of expertise and experience of the constituent members just as it does in any other dispute resolution forum i.e. the courts.


Panel of Principal Arbitrators

NZDRC’s Principal Arbitrators are the most experienced, knowledgeable and respected arbitrators in New Zealand today.
NZDRC’s Principal Arbitrators are recognised as the leaders in dispute resolution in New Zealand and by virtue of their experience and standing, the Principal Arbitrators may be appointed by NZDRC to arbitrate disputes of any nature and claims of any value.
Unless a party takes objection, each award by any NZDRC arbitrator is subject to ‘scrutiny’ by one of NZDRC’s Principal Arbitrators before being given to the parties. Scrutiny is a key element of NZDRC’s arbitration service ensuring that arbitrators’ awards are of the highest possible standard and thus less susceptible to correction or challenge in the courts. This unique quality assurance mechanism makes NZDRC’s arbitration service the country’s most reliable arbitration system.

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Panel of General Arbitrators

The arbitrators on NZDRC’s General Panel have been selected by NZDRC because of their extensive knowledge of law and their training, skill and experience in arbitration.
Generally the jurisdiction of the arbitrators on the NZDRC’s General Panel is limited to claims up to the value of $200,000.00.
The value of claims in respect of which the arbitrators on the General Panel may be nominated to arbitrate has been fixed by NZDRC in direct response to the expectations and requirements of the industry and the legal profession for a proportionate response to determination making by Arbitrators. In simple terms, parties and their advisers expect, and indeed require, that disputes involving large sums of money, which by their very nature typically involve more technically and legally complex matters, should be dealt with by those persons with the most experience and knowledge. The situation is similar to that in civil litigation where the jurisdiction of the District Court is limited to $200,000.00 whereas the High Court has no upper limit.

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