The Adjudication Timeline
The key steps in the adjudication process
The following is a brief summary of the key steps of the adjudication process and the deadlines for each step.
- Dispute Crystallises
- The Referring Party issues a Notice of Adjudication. This sets out briefly:
- the names and addresses of the Parties.
- the nature and a brief description of the Dispute, and finally
- the nature of the Redress being sought.
- An Adjudicator is appointed through a nominating body. The Adjudicator will, within a set timeline, confirm his appointment and thereafter, set his directions.
- The Referral Notice is served both on the Respondent and the Adjudicator.
- The Referral Notice is to be served within 7 days of the Notice of Adjudication being served.
- The Referral Notice will contain all the details, the arguments and the facts which the Referring Party will seek to rely upon, including the evidence.
- The Adjudicator will set out his timetable.
- He will look to have a decision within the 28 days that are allocated.
- However, the Referring Party may provide for an extension of 14 days to that timeline and thereafter, both parties may agree bilaterally that a further 14 days can be provided for.
- The Responding Party will seek to submit a Response to the Referral.
- There may be further submissions if required or as directed and provided for by the Adjudicator.
- Such submissions are termed rejoinder and a surrejoinder.
- The Adjudicator will reach and issue his decision.