Fri, Jul 7, 2006 -- CPR Institute Releases New Expedited Rules for Construction Disputes

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution announced the completion and promulgation of Expedited Rules for Construction Disputes, effective June 2006. These new Rules are designed as an alternative to assist the construction industry when faced with prolonged litigation or arbitration of disputes.

These formalized Rules are in response to a growing dissatisfaction with the prolonged time frames and expense associated with construction arbitration within the United States. This frustration, coupled with CPR’s familiarity with the United Kingdom’s speedier construction adjudication process, led CPR to challenge the existing American structure and develop an expedited arbitration procedure for construction disputes centered on a 100-day hearing time frame.

The process retains the hallmarks historically associated with arbitration: a fair, expeditious, private, and less expensive process than litigation. It also contains familiar protections to avoid erosion of parties’ rights that could occur with a less carefully-drafted procedure. Nonetheless, it allows tight arbitrator control and fosters compressed time frames to bring about sought-after speed and reduced expense.

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