The Expedited Rules were developed for minor disputes regarding less complex issues and involving a smaller amount in dispute. The Expedited Rules offer a speedy and cost-efficient dispute resolution, a so-called “fast track arbitration”, and have become very popular in recent years. Today the SCC administers both domestic and international arbitration cases under the Expedited Rules.
The parties decide whether to use the Expedited Rules or the Arbitration Rules. They can decide so in the arbitration agreement or once the dispute has emerged.
For suggestions as to how to draft an arbitration clause see the SCC model clauses.
Key features of the Expedited Rules:
- The arbitral tribunal always consists of a sole arbitrator
- Unless the arbitrator for special reasons decides otherwise the parties each may, in addition to the statement of claim and the statement of defence, only submit one written statement, including statement of evidence.
- The statements should be brief and the time limits within which the documents shall be submitted may as a general rule not exceed 10 working days.
- A hearing will be held if requested by a party and if deemed necessary by the arbitrator,
- The award shall be made within three months. A party may request a reasoned award.
The Expedited Rules entered into force on 1 January 2010 and replace previous versions. The Expedited Rules shall be applied in arbitrations commenced on 1 January 2010 and thereafter.
English is the original drafting language of these rules. In case of conflict in texts, the English text will prevail.