18/04/2016 What does “ARBITRATION” mean in legal English?

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An out-of-court procedure for resolving disputes in which one or more people – the arbitrator(s) – hear evidence and make a decision. Arbitration is like a trial in some ways, but typically proceeds much more quickly and with less formality.

Arbiter or arbitrator
A person or entity that has the legal authority to decide disputes.

Useful language:

  • court procedure / out-of-court procedure (instead of judicial / extrajudicial procedure, which are correct terms but less frequent)
  • to resolve a dispute = to decide a dispute
  • dispute = conflict = controversy
  • to hear evidence
  • to made a decision = to decide = to render a decision
  • to have legal authority = to have power

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