One of the perceived advantages of arbitrations as compared to the court system is that the due to the potentially expedient resolution that arbitrations offer, the cost can be less. Regardless, there is no doubt that arbitrations can be expensive, and a good part of that expense is due to representation by legal counsel. It is not a stretch to assume that self-represented parties in the arbitration process is on the rise.
An article from the BCICAC president, Patrick Williams
“Just read your paper – excellent – and of course the CA was absolutely right.
But, the SRLs who do want help are another issue. What I used to do when I had an SRL at trial was prepare a memorandum for them (copy to counsel for the other party) which set out the trial procedures, what to expect, what would be expected of them, some basic evidentiary principles, the fact that they were only giving evidence when in the witness box – a difficult concept for most – and other basics.
Don’t know if that would assist arbitrators but I found it useful as a trial judge!”