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The term Arbitrator essentially means a judge, without invoking the legal term. An Arbitrator is a person who presides over a dispute and delivers an Award/Determination in conclusion of the process. Arbitration claims to be a quicker and more cost effective process than the traditional Court procedure. Arbitration is an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process designed to  keep a dispute from going to court. An Arbitrator’s award is as enforceable as a judgement by a competent Court of Law. An Arbitrator should preferably have substantial contextual knowledge of the subject matter as well as a working knowledge of the latest Law governing Arbitration (See Hyperlink below), as well as the relevant rules and procedures of the Organisation/Institution under whose auspices proceedings are conducted. Witnesses and Experts may be called in to testify. Parties in an Arbitration may or may not be assisted by Legal Representation depending on the Rules applicable to the procedure. An Arbitral Award is final except in extreme cases such as misconduct by the Arbitrator. Arbitration may also be conducted by a panel or tribunal. Arbitrators have wide powers to investigate and gather information including polygraph results and other investigative and validating  procedures to support its Award/Determination. Arbitration is the preferred form of ADR in a wide range of human activity such as Medical, Sports and the Built Environment. Arbitration is specifically useful in settling technical disputes.

The adjudication process is well-defined as described in this extract from the JBCC Adjudication Rules (Jan 2020):

Click HERE to download the Arbitration Act 4th April 1965



  • Confidentiality – Private but may become public through court intervention;
  • Formalities – Conducted in accordance with the agreed rules and is a formal process. Subject to legislation (e.g. Act 42 of 1965). Requires a formal written agreement to arbitrate;
  • Third party involvement and parties’ control – the Arbitrator controls the process using the Rules agreed to by the parties. May be subject to formal Rules embodied in the contract or proposed by the Arbitrator.  The Arbitrator is chosen by mutual agreement or, failing which, an independent third party;
  • Remedies – rights based determination of dispute.
  • Process – Adversarial process unless parties agree to inquisitorial process;
  • Communications – be addressed to both parties. Observance of the rules of natural justice;
  • Results – final and binding and enforceable by our Courts. Usually not subject to appeal.


  • Anyone, who classifies themselves as an ARBITRATOR as described above, is invited to register under this sector and to benefit from the discounted social and educational activities of The Experts Register.
  • Engagement with other members is easily facilitated by using online conference programs such as ZOOM, SKYPE, WhatsApp etc. thus eliminating the need to travel and its associated costs or the physical attendance of workshops and seminars.
  • Online systems such as ZOOM or SKYPE make live interaction with members and course presenters easily available to anyone with internet access.
  • Payment platforms such as PAYFAST facilitate easy and quick payments to access the services provided by our Members, Tutors and Lecturers who are associated with The Experts Register.
  • Arbitrators can supplement their income by providing their services at a Fee. There is a field in the application form where an indicative hourly rate must be entered. This rate will be displayed along with your proximity to enable Users to see if your profile meets their requirements. These filters are there to minimize unsuitable enquiries. It is only displayed when your profile meets with a User’s search criteria.
  • The indicative fee should be fair and valid for most engagements but may be amended upon further consultation with the User (Client).
  • Searches are made on a matching of Keywords contained in the description of your services, abilities and specialities. This text box is where you tell us what you are good at. Keywords which are not on the database will be added, subject to our filter for inappropriate content.
  • Arbitrators may promote their services on this system and once introduced, further engage with the Client, as usual, outside this system.

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