Case Management Arbitrator – Arbitration | Motion Arbitration and Discovery Dispute Arbitration

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate), Lawyer, Qualified Arbitrator and MediatorArbitration, Case Management Arbitrator, Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Arbitrator, Commercial Litigation0 Comments

Access to Justice 

The courts in Ontario continue to address access to justice in the time of the coronavirus, providing a triage process to determine which matters are considered urgent and should be heard.  Video conference arrangements in the courts have evolved.  We are mindful that both criminal and family law matters are likely to take priority both now and when traditional hearings become available post-coronavirus.

Case Management Arbitration | What Can be Agreed to be Referred to Arbitration?

We have been offering “case management” arbitration and “case management” arbitrators throughout the pandemic.

Moving court-based litigation to arbitration can include the entire contemplated proceedings;  the remaining proceeding if court-based litigation has been commenced; or only procedural parts / interlocutory steps of the proceedings, such as:

pleadings motions;

document production and discovery issues;

undertakings and refusals motions;

other procedural motions; and

while at the same retaining the parallel court-based proceedings for the core, substantive merit decision-making.  This is so-called Case Management Arbitration.

Each of these options are a matter of party autonomy that can be expressed through mutual agreement of the parties.

Arbitration – When No Arbitration Clause

An agreement to refer or submit disputes to arbitration may be made before a dispute arises or after a dispute has arisen.

Standalone Agreement to Submit Disputes to Arbitration

Resolving disputes by arbitration may be possible even if the parties have not included an arbitration clause in the contract – if they agree to submit disputes to arbitration by a standalone arbitration agreement. This option provides the parties with the advantages of arbitration as a presumptively private and confidential, efficient, faster and therefore less expensive way to resolve disputes.

Statutory Authority for Standalone Arbitration Agreement

This standalone agreement to submit disputes to arbitration is recognized by stature in Ontario in both the Arbitration Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c. 17 and the International Commercial Arbitration Act, 2017, S.O. 2017, c. 2, Sched. 5, and in Canada under the Federal (Canada) Commercial Arbitration Act R.S.C., 1985, c. 17 (2nd Supp.)

In particular, subsection 5(1) of the Arbitration Act provides: 5 (1) An arbitration agreement may be an independent agreement or part of another agreement. 1991, c. 17, s. 5 (1), and Chapter II. Arbitration Agreement, Article 7 of each of the International Commercial Arbitration Act and, with minor modification, the Commercial Arbitration Act, since both incorporate the UNCITRAL Model Law, and provide: (1) “Arbitration agreement” is an agreement by the parties to submit to arbitration all or certain disputes which have arisen or which may arise between them in respect of a defined legal relationship, whether contractual or not. An arbitration agreement may be in the form of an arbitration clause in a contract or in the form of a separate agreement.

Arbitration at the Pace Parties Require

Through effective Case Management and Procedural Orders, the parties will find that arbitration proceeds at the speed the parties require, while maintaining statutorily ensured fair and equal treatment of all parties.

Good Availability and Reasonable Fee Rates

The arbitrators at Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration Chambers have good availability at reasonable fee rates.

To inquire about arbitrator availability and fee rates, or to request a resume or draft Terms of Appointment, please contact Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration Chambers through the Intake Coordinator, at 416 979 2020, ext 223, by


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About the Author

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate), Lawyer, Qualified Arbitrator and Mediator

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate), Lawyer, Qualified Arbitrator and Mediator, has practiced over 38 years as a commercial and business litigator in diverse matters in the courts and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings in Ontario, England & Wales, Bermuda and Dubai. Also admitted in New York. The ADR Institute of Canada has accredited David as a Qualified Arbitrator. He accepts appointment as a commercial, business, construction, real estate, condo, technology, franchise, employment and marine arbitrator and mediator Bio | Lawyer | Arbitrator | Mediator | Contact

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