Duties Of Arbitrator
- He must act judicially as he is an extra-judicial court at the choice of the parties. So, he must fix the time and place for hearing and grant adjournments as may be necessary to do justice.
- He must observe the fundamental principles of justice. He may not strictly follow the technical rules of procedure. But he should not disregard the substance of justice.
- He must be impartial and act fairly to both the parties.
- He must not act as an agent or advocate of a party. He must act as an impartial judge.
- He must decide on all matters relating to the dispute and make an award
- He must not delegate his authority to someone else except when the delegation involves ministerial acts. He may however, take the assistance of experts like a Chartered Accountant etc. but he must give his own decision.
- He must not investigate into matters which are outside the scope of terms of reference to arbitration. So, he must not exceed his authority.
- He must make an award within four months from the date on which reference is made or within such extended time as the court may allow.