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Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II ARBITRATION AGREEMENT

Part III STAY OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

Part IV COMMENCEMENT OF ARBITRAL PROCEEDINGS

Part V ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL

Part VI JURISDICTION OF ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL

Part VII ARBITRAL PROCEEDINGS

Part VIII AWARD

Part IX POWERS OF COURT IN RELATION TO AWARD

Part X MISCELLANEOUS

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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Arbitration Act
(CHAPTER 10)

(Original Enactment: Act 37 of 2001)

REVISED EDITION 2002
(31st July 2002)
An Act to provide for the conduct of arbitration.
[1st March 2002]
PART I
PRELIMINARY
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Arbitration Act.
Interpretation
2.
—(1)  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“appointing authority” means the appointing authority designated under section 13(8) or (9);
“arbitral tribunal” means a sole arbitrator or a panel of arbitrators or an arbitral institution, and includes an emergency arbitrator appointed pursuant to the rules of arbitration agreed to or adopted by the parties including the rules of arbitration of an institution or organisation;
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“arbitration agreement” means an arbitration agreement referred to in section 4;
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“award” means a decision of the arbitral tribunal on the substance of the dispute and includes any interim, interlocutory or partial award but excludes any order or direction made under section 28;
“Court” means the High Court in Singapore;
“court”, for the purposes of sections 6, 7, 8, 11(1), 55, 56 and 57, means the High Court, District Court, Magistrate’s Court or any other court in which the proceedings referred to in those sections are instituted or heard;
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“party” means a party to an arbitration agreement or, in any case where an arbitration does not involve all of the parties to the arbitration agreement, means a party to the arbitration*;
*  See section 9 of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act (Cap. 53B) on third parties who are treated as parties to an arbitration agreement.
“the place of the arbitration” means the juridical seat of the arbitration designated by —
(a)
the parties to the arbitration agreement;
(b)
any arbitral or other institution or person authorised by the parties for that purpose; or
(c)
the arbitral tribunal as authorised by the parties,
or determined, in the absence of such designation, having regard to the arbitration agreement and all the relevant circumstances.
(2)  Where any provision in this Act allows the parties to determine any issue, the parties may authorise a third party, including an arbitral institution, to make that determination.
(3)  Where any provision in this Act refers to the fact that the parties have agreed or that they may agree or in any other way refers to an agreement of the parties, such agreement includes any arbitration rules incorporated in that agreement.
(4)  Where any provision in this Act refers to a claim, it shall also apply to a cross-claim or counter-claim, and where such provision refers to a defence, it shall also apply to a defence to such cross-claim or counter-claim.
Application of this Act
3.  This Act shall apply to any arbitration where the place of arbitration is Singapore and where Part II of the International Arbitration Act (Cap. 143A) does not apply to that arbitration.
PART II
ARBITRATION AGREEMENT
Definition and form of arbitration agreement
4.
—(1)  In this Act, “arbitration agreement” means an agreement by the parties to submit to arbitration all or certain disputes which have arisen or which may arise between them in respect of a defined legal relationship, whether contractual or not.
(2)  An arbitration agreement may be in the form of an arbitration clause in a contract or in the form of a separate agreement.
(3)  An arbitration agreement shall be in writing.
(4)  An arbitration agreement is in writing if its content is recorded in any form, whether or not the arbitration agreement or contract has been concluded orally, by conduct or by other means.
(5)  The requirement that an arbitration agreement shall be in writing is satisfied by an electronic communication if the information contained therein is accessible so as to be useable for subsequent reference.
(6)  Where in any arbitral or legal proceedings, a party asserts the existence of an arbitration agreement in a pleading, statement of case or any other document in circumstances in which the assertion calls for a reply and the assertion is not denied, there shall be deemed to be an effective arbitration agreement as between the parties to the proceedings.
(7)  A reference in a contract to any document containing an arbitration clause shall constitute an arbitration agreement in writing if the reference is such as to make that clause part of the contract.
(8)  A reference in a bill of lading to a charterparty or other document containing an arbitration clause shall constitute an arbitration agreement in writing if the reference is such as to make that clause part of the bill of lading.
(9)  In this section —
“data message” means information generated, sent, received or stored by electronic, magnetic, optical or similar means, including, but not limited to, electronic data interchange (EDI), electronic mail, telegram, telex or telecopy;
“electronic communication” means any communication that the parties make by means of data messages.
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Arbitration agreement not to be discharged by death of party
5.
—(1)  An arbitration agreement shall not be discharged by the death of any party to the agreement but shall continue to be enforceable by or against the personal representative of the deceased party.
(2)  The authority of an arbitrator shall not be revoked by the death of any party by whom he was appointed.
(3)  Nothing in this section shall be taken to affect the operation of any written law or rule of law by virtue of which any right of action is extinguished by the death of a person.
PART III
STAY OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
Stay of legal proceedings
6.
—(1)  Where any party to an arbitration agreement institutes any proceedings in any court against any other party to the agreement in respect of any matter which is the subject of the agreement, any party to the agreement may, at any time after appearance and before delivering any pleading or taking any other step in the proceedings, apply to that court to stay the proceedings so far as the proceedings relate to that matter.
(2)  The court to which an application has been made in accordance with subsection (1) may, if the court is satisfied that —
(a)
there is no sufficient reason why the matter should not be referred in accordance with the arbitration agreement; and
(b)
the applicant was, at the time when the proceedings were commenced, and still remains, ready and willing to do all things necessary to the proper conduct of the arbitration,
make an order, upon such terms as the court thinks fit, staying the proceedings so far as the proceedings relate to that matter.
(3)  Where a court makes an order under subsection (2), the court may, for the purpose of preserving the rights of parties, make such interim or supplementary orders as the court thinks fit in relation to any property which is or forms part of the subject of the dispute to which the order under that subsection relates.
(4)  Where no party to the proceedings has taken any further step in the proceedings for a period of not less than 2 years after an order staying the proceedings has been made, the court may, on its own motion, make an order discontinuing the proceedings without prejudice to the right of any of the parties to apply for the discontinued proceedings to be reinstated.
(5)  For the purposes of this section, a reference to a party includes a reference to any person claiming through or under such party.
Court’s powers on stay of proceedings
7.
—(1)  Where a court stays proceedings under section 6, the court may, if in those proceedings property has been arrested or bail or other security has been given to prevent or obtain release from arrest, order that —
(a)
the property arrested be retained as security for the satisfaction of any award made on the arbitration; or
(b)
the stay be conditional on the provision of equivalent security for the satisfaction of any such award.
(2)  Subject to the Rules of Court and to any necessary modification, the same law and practice shall apply in relation to property retained in pursuance of an order under this section as would apply if it were held for the purposes of proceedings in the court which made the order.
Reference of interpleader issue to arbitration
8.  Where in proceedings before any court relief by way of interpleader is granted and any issue between the claimants is one in respect of which there is an arbitration agreement between them, the court granting the relief may direct the issue between the claimants to be determined in accordance with the agreement.
PART IV
COMMENCEMENT OF ARBITRAL PROCEEDINGS
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Commencement of arbitral proceedings
9.  Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the arbitral proceedings in respect of a particular dispute shall commence on the date on which a request for that dispute to be referred to arbitration is received by the respondent.
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Powers of Court to extend time for beginning of arbitral proceedings
10.
—(1)  Where the terms of an arbitration agreement to refer future disputes to arbitration provide that a claim to which the arbitration agreement applies shall be barred unless —
(a)
some step has been taken to begin other dispute resolution procedures which must be exhausted before arbitral proceedings can be begun;
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(b)
notice to appoint an arbitrator is given;
(c)
an arbitrator is appointed; or
(d)
some other step is taken to commence arbitral proceedings,
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within a time fixed by the agreement and a dispute to which the agreement applies has arisen, the Court may, if it is of the opinion that in the circumstances of the case undue hardship would otherwise be caused, extend the time for such period and on such terms as the Court thinks fit.
(2)  An order of extension of time made by the Court under subsection (1) —
(a)
may be made only after any available arbitral process for obtaining an extension of time has been exhausted;
(b)
may be made notwithstanding that the time so fixed has expired; and
(c)
shall not affect the operation of section 9 or 11 or any other written law relating to the limitation of actions.
Application of Limitation Act and Foreign Limitation Periods Act 2012
11.
—(1)  The Limitation Act (Cap. 163) and the Foreign Limitation Periods Act 2012 shall apply to arbitral proceedings as they apply to proceedings before any court and any reference in both Acts to the commencement of proceedings shall be construed as a reference to the commencement of arbitral proceedings.
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(2)  The Court may order that in computing the time prescribed by the Limitation Act or the Foreign Limitation Periods Act 2012 for the commencement of proceedings (including arbitral proceedings) in respect of a dispute which was the subject-matter of —
(a)
an award which the Court orders to be set aside or declares to be of no effect; or
(b)
the affected part of an award which the Court orders to be set aside in part or declares to be in part of no effect,
the period between the commencement of the arbitration and the date of the order referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) shall be excluded.
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(3)  Notwithstanding any term in an arbitration agreement to the effect that no cause of action shall accrue in respect of any matter required by the agreement to be referred until an award is made under the agreement, the cause of action shall, for the purposes of the Limitation Act and the Foreign Limitation Periods Act 2012, be deemed to have accrued in respect of any such matter at the time when it would have accrued but for that term in the agreement.
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PART V
ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL
Number of arbitrators
12.
—(1)  The parties are free to determine the number of arbitrators.
(2)  Failing such determination, there shall be a single arbitrator.
Appointment of arbitrators
13.
—(1)  Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, no person shall be precluded by reason of his nationality from acting as an arbitrator.
(2)  The parties are free to agree on a procedure for appointing the arbitrator or arbitrators.
(3)  Where the parties fail to agree on a procedure for appointing the arbitrator or arbitrators —
(a)
in an arbitration with 3 arbitrators, each party shall appoint one arbitrator, and the parties shall by agreement appoint the third arbitrator; or
(b)
in an arbitration with a sole arbitrator, if the parties are unable to agree on the arbitrator, the arbitrator shall be appointed, upon the request of a party, by the appointing authority.
(4)  Where subsection (3)(a) applies —
(a)
if a party fails to appoint an arbitrator within 30 days of receipt of a first request to do so from the other party; or
(b)
if the 2 parties fail to agree on the appointment of the third arbitrator within 30 days of the receipt of the first request by either party to do so,
the appointment shall be made, upon the request of a party, by the appointing authority.
(5)  If, under an appointment procedure agreed upon by the parties —
(a)
a party fails to act as required under such procedure;
(b)
the parties are unable to reach an agreement expected of them under such procedure; or
(c)
a third party, including an arbitral institution, fails to perform any function entrusted to it under such procedure,
any party may apply to the appointing authority to take the necessary measure unless the agreement on the appointment procedure provides other means for securing the appointment.
(6)  Where a party makes a request or makes an application to the appointing authority under subsection (3), (4) or (5), the appointing authority shall, in appointing an arbitrator, have regard to the following:
(a)
the nature of the subject-matter of the arbitration;
(b)
the availability of any arbitrator;
(c)
the identities of the parties to the arbitration;
(d)
any suggestion made by any of the parties regarding the appointment of any arbitrator;
(e)
any qualifications required of the arbitrator by the arbitration agreement; and
(f)
such considerations as are likely to secure the appointment of an independent and impartial arbitrator.
(7)  No appointment by the appointing authority shall be challenged except in accordance with this Act.
(8)  For the purposes of this Act, the appointing authority shall be the President of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.
(9)  The Chief Justice may, if he thinks fit, by notification published in the Gazette, appoint any other person to exercise the powers of the appointing authority under this section.
Grounds for challenge
14.
—(1)  Where any person is approached in connection with his possible appointment as an arbitrator, he shall disclose any circumstance likely to give rise to justifiable doubts as to his impartiality or independence.
(2)  An arbitrator shall, from the time of his appointment and throughout the arbitral proceedings, disclose without delay any such circumstance as is referred to in subsection (1) to the parties unless they have already been so informed by him.
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(3)  Subject to subsection (4), an arbitrator may be challenged only if —
(a)
circumstances exist that give rise to justifiable doubts as to his impartiality or independence; or
(b)
he does not possess the qualifications agreed to by the parties.
(4)  A party who has appointed or participated in the appointment of any arbitrator may challenge such arbitrator only if he becomes aware of any of the grounds of challenge set out in subsection (3) as may be applicable to the arbitrator after the arbitrator has been appointed.
Challenge procedure
15.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (3), the parties are free to agree on a procedure for challenging an arbitrator.
(2)  If the parties have not agreed on a procedure for challenge, a party who intends to challenge an arbitrator shall —
(a)
within 15 days after becoming aware of the constitution of the arbitral tribunal; or
(b)
after becoming aware of any circumstance referred to in section 14(3),
send a written statement of the grounds for the challenge to the arbitral tribunal.
(3)  The arbitral tribunal shall, unless the challenged arbitrator withdraws from his office or the other party agrees to the challenge, decide on the challenge.
(4)  If a challenge before the arbitral tribunal is unsuccessful, the aggrieved party may, within 30 days after receiving notice of the decision rejecting the challenge, apply to the Court to decide on the challenge and the Court may make such order as it thinks fit.
(5)  No appeal shall lie against the decision of the Court under subsection (4).
(6)  While an application to the Court under subsection (4) is pending, the arbitral tribunal, including the challenged arbitrator, may continue the arbitral proceedings and make an award.
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Failure or impossibility to act
16.
—(1)  A party may request the Court to remove an arbitrator —
(a)
who is physically or mentally incapable of conducting the proceedings or where there are justifiable doubts as to his capacity to do so; or
(b)
who has refused or failed —
(i)
to properly conduct the proceedings; or
(ii)
to use all reasonable despatch in conducting the proceedings or making an award,
and where substantial injustice has been or will be caused to that party.
(2)  If there is an arbitral or other institution or person vested by the parties with power to remove an arbitrator, the Court shall not exercise its power of removal unless it is satisfied that the applicant has first exhausted any available recourse to that institution or person.
(3)  While an application to the Court under this section is pending, the arbitral tribunal, including the arbitrator concerned may continue the arbitral proceedings and make an award.
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(4)  Where the Court removes an arbitrator, the Court may make such order as it thinks fit with respect to his entitlement, if any, to fees or expenses, or the repayment of any fees or expenses already paid.
(5)  The arbitrator concerned is entitled to appear and be heard by the Court before it makes any order under this section.
(6)  No appeal shall lie against the decision of the Court made under subsection (4).
Arbitrator ceasing to hold office
17.
—(1)  The authority of an arbitrator shall cease upon his death.
(2)  An arbitrator shall cease to hold office if —
(a)
he withdraws from office under section 15(3);
(b)
an order is made under section 15(4) for the termination of his mandate or his removal;
(c)
he is removed by the Court under section 16 or by an institution referred to in section 16(2); or
(d)
the parties agree on the termination of his mandate.
(3)  The withdrawal of an arbitrator or the termination of an arbitrator’s mandate by the parties shall not imply acceptance of the validity of any ground referred to in section 14(3) or 16(1).
Appointment of substitute arbitrator
18.
—(1)  Where an arbitrator ceases to hold office, the parties are free to agree —
(a)
whether and if so how the vacancy is to be filled;
(b)
whether and if so to what extent the previous proceedings should stand; and
(c)
what effect (if any) his ceasing to hold office has on any appointment made by him (alone or jointly).
(2)  If or to the extent that there is no such agreement, the following subsections shall apply.
(3)  Section 13 (appointment of arbitrators) shall apply in relation to the filling of the vacancy as in relation to an original appointment.
(4)  The arbitral tribunal (when reconstituted) shall determine whether and if so to what extent the previous proceedings should stand.
(5)  The reconstitution of the arbitral tribunal shall not affect any right of a party to challenge the previous proceedings on any ground which had arisen before the arbitrator ceased to hold office.
(6)  The ceasing to hold office by the arbitrator shall not affect any appointment by him (alone or jointly) of another arbitrator, in particular any appointment of a presiding arbitrator.
Decision by panel of arbitrators
19.
—(1)  In arbitral proceedings with more than one arbitrator, any decision of the arbitral tribunal shall be made, unless otherwise agreed by the parties, by all or a majority of all its members.
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(2)  Any question of procedure may be decided by a presiding arbitrator if so authorised by the parties or all members of the arbitral tribunal.
Liability of arbitrator
20.  An arbitrator shall not be liable for —
(a)
negligence in respect of anything done or omitted to be done in the capacity of the arbitrator; or
(b)
any mistake of law, fact or procedure made in the course of arbitral proceedings or in the making of an arbitral award.
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PART VI
JURISDICTION OF ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL
Separability of arbitration clause and competence of arbitral tribunal to rule on its own jurisdiction
21.
—(1)  The arbitral tribunal may rule on its own jurisdiction, including a plea that it has no jurisdiction and any objections to the existence or validity of the arbitration agreement, at any stage of the arbitral proceedings.
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(2)  For the purpose of subsection (1), an arbitration clause which forms part of a contract shall be treated as an agreement independent of the other terms of the contract.
(3)  A decision by the arbitral tribunal that the contract is null and void shall not entail ipso jure (as a matter of law) the invalidity of the arbitration clause.
(4)  A plea that the arbitral tribunal does not have jurisdiction shall be raised not later than the submission of the statement of defence.
(5)  A party shall not be precluded from raising the plea that the arbitral tribunal does not have jurisdiction by the fact that he has appointed, or participated in the appointment of, an arbitrator.
(6)  A plea that the arbitral tribunal is exceeding the scope of its authority shall be raised as soon as the matter alleged to be beyond the scope of its authority is raised during the arbitral proceedings.
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(7)  Notwithstanding any delay in raising a plea referred to in subsection (4) or (6), the arbitral tribunal may admit such plea if it considers the delay to be justified in the circumstances.
(8)  The arbitral tribunal may rule on a plea referred to in this section either as a preliminary question or in an award on the merits.
(9)  If the arbitral tribunal rules —
(a)
on a plea as a preliminary question that it has jurisdiction; or
(b)
on a plea at any stage of the arbitral proceedings that it has no jurisdiction,
any party may, within 30 days after having received notice of that ruling, apply to the Court to decide the matter.
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Appeal on ruling of jurisdiction
21A.
—(1)  An appeal from the decision of the High Court made under section 21 shall lie to the Court of Appeal only with the leave of the High Court.
(2)  There shall be no appeal against a refusal for grant of leave of the High Court.
(3)  Where the High Court, or the Court of Appeal on appeal, decides that the arbitral tribunal has jurisdiction —
(a)
the arbitral tribunal shall continue the arbitral proceedings and make an award; and
(b)
where any arbitrator is unable or unwilling to continue the arbitral proceedings, the mandate of that arbitrator shall terminate and a substitute arbitrator shall be appointed in accordance with section 18.
(4)  In making a ruling or decision under this section or section 21 that the arbitral tribunal has no jurisdiction, the arbitral tribunal, the High Court or the Court of Appeal (as the case may be) may make an award or order of costs of the proceedings, including the arbitral proceedings (as the case may be), against any party.
(5)  Where an award of costs is made by the arbitral tribunal under subsection (4), section 39(1) shall apply with the necessary modifications.
(6)  Where an application is made pursuant to section 21 ―
(a)
such application shall not operate as a stay of the arbitral proceedings or of execution of any award or order made in the arbitral proceedings unless the High Court orders otherwise; and
(b)
no intermediate act or proceeding shall be invalidated except so far as the High Court may direct.
(7)  Where there is an appeal from the decision of the High Court pursuant to subsection (1) —
(a)
such appeal shall not operate as a stay of the arbitral proceedings or of execution of any award or order made in the arbitral proceedings unless the High Court or the Court of Appeal orders otherwise; and
(b)
no intermediate act or proceeding shall be invalidated except so far as the Court of Appeal may direct.
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PART VII
ARBITRAL PROCEEDINGS
General duties of arbitral tribunal
22.  The arbitral tribunal shall act fairly and impartially and shall give each party a reasonable opportunity of presenting his case.
Determination of rules of procedure
23.
—(1)  Subject to the provisions of this Act, the parties are free to agree on the procedure to be followed by the arbitral tribunal in conducting the proceedings.
(2)  Failing such agreement, the arbitral tribunal may, subject to the provisions of this Act, conduct the arbitration in such manner as it considers appropriate.
(3)  The power conferred on the arbitral tribunal under subsection (2) includes the power to determine the admissibility, relevance, materiality and weight of any evidence.
Statements of claim and defence
24.
—(1)  Within the period of time agreed by the parties or, failing such agreement, as determined by the arbitral tribunal, the claimant shall state —
(a)
the facts supporting his claim;
(b)
the points at issue; and
(c)
the relief or remedy sought,
and the respondent shall state his defence in respect of the particulars set out in this subsection, unless the parties have otherwise agreed to the required elements of such statements.
(2)  The parties may submit to the arbitral tribunal with their statements, all documents they consider to be relevant or other documents which refer to such documents, or other evidence.
(3)  Except as otherwise agreed by the parties, either party may amend or supplement his claim or defence during the course of the arbitral proceedings, unless the arbitral tribunal considers it inappropriate to allow such amendment, having regard to the delay in making the amendment.
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Hearings and written proceedings
25.
—(1)  Subject to any contrary agreement by the parties, the arbitral tribunal shall determine if proceedings are to be conducted by oral hearing for the presentation of evidence or oral argument or on the basis of documents and other materials.
(2)  Unless the parties have agreed that no hearings shall be held, the arbitral tribunal shall, upon the request of a party, hold such hearings at an appropriate stage of the proceedings.
(3)  The parties shall be given sufficient notice in advance of any hearing and of any meeting of the arbitral tribunal for the purposes of inspection of goods, other property or documents.
(4)  All statements, documents or other information supplied to the arbitral tribunal by one party shall be communicated to the other party.
(5)  Any expert report or evidentiary document on which the arbitral tribunal may rely in making its decision shall be communicated to the parties.
Consolidation of proceedings and concurrent hearings
26.
—(1)  The parties may agree —
(a)
that the arbitral proceedings shall be consolidated with other arbitration proceedings; or
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(b)
that concurrent hearings shall be held,
on such terms as may be agreed.
(2)  Unless the parties agree to confer such power on the arbitral tribunal, the tribunal has no power to order consolidation of arbitral proceedings or concurrent hearings.
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Power to appoint experts
27.
—(1)  Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the arbitral tribunal may —
(a)
appoint one or more experts to report to it on specific issues to be determined by the tribunal; and
(b)
require a party to give the expert any relevant information or to produce, or to provide access to, any relevant documents, goods or other property for his inspection.
(2)  Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, if a party so requests or if the arbitral tribunal considers it necessary, the expert shall, after delivery of his written or oral report, participate in a hearing where the parties have the opportunity to put questions to him and to present other expert witnesses in order to testify on the points at issue.
General powers exercisable by arbitral tribunal
28.
—(1)  The parties may agree on the powers which may be exercised by the arbitral tribunal for the purposes of and in relation to the arbitral proceedings.
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(2)  Without prejudice to the powers conferred on the arbitral tribunal by the parties under subsection (1), the tribunal shall have powers to make orders or give directions to any party for —
(a)
security for costs;
(b)
discovery of documents and interrogatories;
(c)
giving of evidence by affidavit;
(d)
a party or witness to be examined on oath or affirmation, and may for that purpose administer any necessary oath or take any necessary affirmation;
(e)
the preservation and interim custody of any evidence for the purposes of the proceedings;
(f)
samples to be taken from, or any observation to be made of or experiment conducted upon, any property which is or forms part of the subject-matter of the dispute; and
(g)
the preservation, interim custody or sale of any property which is or forms part of the subject-matter of the dispute.
(3)  The power of the arbitral tribunal to order a claimant to provide security for costs as referred to in subsection (2)(a) shall not be exercised by reason only that the claimant is —
(a)
an individual ordinarily resident outside Singapore; or
(b)
a corporation or an association incorporated or formed under the law of a country outside Singapore, or whose central management and control is exercised outside Singapore.
(4)  All orders or directions made or given by an arbitral tribunal in the course of an arbitration shall, by leave of the Court, be enforceable in the same manner as if they were orders made by the Court and, where leave is so given, judgment may be entered in terms of the order or direction.
Powers of arbitral tribunal in case of party’s default
29.
—(1)  The parties may agree on the powers which may be exercised by the arbitral tribunal in the case of a party’s failure to take any necessary action for the proper and expeditious conduct of the proceedings.
(2)  Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, if, without showing sufficient cause —
(a)
the claimant fails to communicate his statement of claim in accordance with section 24, the arbitral tribunal may terminate the proceedings;
(b)
the respondent fails to communicate his statement of defence in accordance with section 24, the arbitral tribunal may continue the proceedings without treating such failure in itself as an admission of the claimant’s allegations; and
(c)
any party fails to appear at a hearing or to produce documentary evidence, the arbitral tribunal may continue the proceedings and make the award on the evidence before it.
(3)  If the arbitral tribunal is satisfied that there has been inordinate and inexcusable delay on the part of the claimant in pursuing his claim, and the delay —
(a)
gives rise, or is likely to give rise, to a substantial risk that it is not possible to have a fair resolution of the issues in that claim; or
(b)
has caused, or is likely to cause, serious prejudice to the respondent,
the tribunal may make an award dismissing the claim.
Witnesses may be summoned by subpoena
30.
—(1)  Any party to an arbitration agreement may take out a subpoena to testify or a subpoena to produce documents.
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(2)  The Court may order that a subpoena to testify or a subpoena to produce documents shall be issued to compel the attendance before an arbitral tribunal of a witness wherever he may be within Singapore.
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(3)  The Court may also issue an order under section 38 of the Prisons Act (Cap. 247) to bring up a prisoner for examination before an arbitral tribunal.
(4)  No person shall be compelled under any such subpoena to produce any document which he could not be compelled to produce on the trial of an action.
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Court’s powers exercisable in support of arbitral proceedings
31.
—(1)  The Court shall have the following powers for the purpose of and in relation to an arbitration to which this Act applies:
(a)
the same power to make orders in respect of any of the matters set out in section 28 as it has for the purpose of and in relation to an action or matter in the Court;
(b)
securing the amount in dispute;
(c)
ensuring that any award which may be made in the arbitral proceedings is not rendered ineffectual by the dissipation of assets by a party; and
(d)
an interim injunction or any other interim measure.
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(2)  An order made by the Court under this section shall cease to have effect in whole or in part (as the case may be) if the arbitral tribunal, or any such arbitral or other institution or person having power to act in relation to the subject-matter of the order, makes an order which expressly relates to the whole or part of that order of the Court.
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(3)  The Court, in exercising any power under this section, shall have regard to —
(a)
any application made before the arbitral tribunal; or
(b)
any order made by the arbitral tribunal,
in respect of the same issue.
(4)  Provision may be made by Rules of Court for conferring on the Registrar of the Supreme Court (within the meaning of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act (Cap. 322)) or other officer of the Court all or any of the jurisdiction conferred by this Act on the Court.
PART VIII
AWARD
Law applicable to substance of dispute
32.
—(1)  The arbitral tribunal shall decide the dispute in accordance with the law chosen by the parties as applicable to the substance of the dispute.
(2)  If or to the extent that the parties have not chosen the law applicable to the substance of their dispute, the arbitral tribunal shall apply the law determined by the conflict of laws rules.
(3)  The arbitral tribunal may decide the dispute, if the parties so agree, in accordance with such other considerations as are agreed by them or determined by the tribunal.
Awards made on different issues
33.
—(1)  Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the arbitral tribunal may make more than one award at different points in time during the proceedings on different aspects of the matters to be determined.
(2)  The arbitral tribunal may, in particular, make an award relating to —
(a)
an issue affecting the whole claim; or
(b)
a part only of the claim, counter-claim or cross-claim, which is submitted to the tribunal for decision.
(3)  If the arbitral tribunal makes an award under this section, it shall specify in its award, the issue, or claim or part of a claim, which is the subject-matter of the award.
Remedies
34.
—(1)  The parties may agree on the powers exercisable by the arbitral tribunal as regards remedies.
(2)  Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the arbitral tribunal may award any remedy or relief that could have been ordered by the Court if the dispute had been the subject of civil proceedings in that Court.
Interest
35.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (3), unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the arbitral tribunal may, in the arbitral proceedings before it, award simple or compound interest from such date, at such rate and with such rest as the arbitral tribunal considers appropriate, for any period ending not later than the date of payment on the whole or any part of —
(a)
any sum which is awarded by the arbitral tribunal in the arbitral proceedings;
(b)
any sum which is in issue in the arbitral proceedings but is paid before the date of the award; or
(c)
costs awarded or ordered by the arbitral tribunal in the arbitral proceedings.
(2)  Nothing in subsection (1) shall affect any other power of the arbitral tribunal to award interest.
(3)  Where an award directs a sum to be paid, that sum shall, unless the award otherwise directs, carry interest as from the date of the award and at the same rate as a judgment debt.
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Extension of time for making award
36.
—(1)  Where the time for making an award is limited by the arbitration agreement, the Court may by order, unless otherwise agreed by the parties, extend that time.
(2)  An application for an order under this section may be made —
(a)
upon notice to the parties, by the arbitral tribunal; or
(b)
upon notice to the arbitral tribunal and the other parties, by any party to the proceedings.
(3)  An application under this section shall not be made unless all available tribunal processes for application of extension of time have been exhausted.
(4)  The Court shall not make an order under this section unless it is satisfied that substantial injustice would otherwise be done.
(5)  The Court may extend the time for such period and on such terms as it thinks fit, and may do so whether or not the time previously fixed by or under the arbitration agreement or by a previous order has expired.
(6)  The leave of the Court shall be required for any appeal from a decision of the Court under this section.
Award by consent
37.
—(1)  If, during arbitral proceedings, the parties settle the dispute, the arbitral tribunal shall terminate the proceedings and, if requested by the parties and not objected to by the arbitral tribunal, record the settlement in the form of an arbitral award on agreed terms.
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(2)  An arbitral award on agreed terms —
(a)
shall be made in accordance with section 38;
(b)
shall state that it is an award; and
(c)
shall have the same status and effect as any other award on the merits of the case.
(3)  An award on agreed terms may, with the leave of the Court, be enforced in the same manner as a judgment or order to the same effect, and where leave is so given, judgment may be entered in terms of the award.
Form and contents of award
38.
—(1)  The award shall be made in writing and shall be signed —
(a)
in the case of a single arbitrator, by the arbitrator himself; or
(b)
in the case of 2 or more arbitrators, by all the arbitrators or the majority of the arbitrators provided that the reason for any omitted signature of any arbitrator is stated.
(2)  The award shall state the reasons upon which it is based, unless the parties have agreed that no grounds are to be stated or the award is an award on agreed terms under section 37.
(3)  The date of the award and place of arbitration shall be stated in the award.
(4)  The award shall be deemed to have been made at the place of arbitration.
(5)  After the award is made, a copy of the award signed by the arbitrators in accordance with subsection (1) shall be delivered to each party.
Costs of arbitration
39.
—(1)  Any costs directed by an award to be paid shall, unless the award otherwise directs, be taxed by the Registrar of the Supreme Court within the meaning of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act (Cap. 322).
(2)  Subject to subsection (3), any provision in an arbitration agreement to the effect that the parties or any party shall in any event pay their or his own costs of the reference or award or any part thereof shall be void; and this Act shall, in the case of an arbitration agreement containing any such provision, have effect as if there were no such provision.
(3)  Subsection (2) shall not apply where a provision in an arbitration agreement to the effect that the parties or any party shall in any event pay their or his own costs is part of an agreement to submit to arbitration a dispute which has arisen before the making of such agreement.
(4)  If no provision is made by an award with respect to the costs of the reference, any party to the reference may, within 14 days of the delivery of the award or such further time as the arbitral tribunal may allow, apply to the arbitral tribunal for an order directing by and to whom such costs shall be paid.
(5)  The arbitral tribunal shall, after giving the parties a reasonable opportunity to be heard, amend its award by adding thereto such directions as it thinks fit with respect to the payment of the costs of the reference.
Fees of arbitrator
40.
—(1)  The parties are jointly and severally liable to pay to the arbitrators such reasonable fees and expenses as are appropriate in the circumstances.
(2)  Unless the fees of the arbitral tribunal have been fixed by written agreement or such agreement has provided for determination of the fees by a person or institution agreed to by the parties, any party to the arbitration may require that such fees be taxed by the Registrar of the Supreme Court within the meaning of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act (Cap. 322).
Power to withhold award in case of non-payment
41.
—(1)  The arbitral tribunal may refuse to deliver an award to the parties if the parties have not made full payment of the fees and expenses of the arbitrators.
(2)  Where subsection (1) applies, a party to the arbitral proceedings may, upon notice to the other parties and the arbitral tribunal, apply to the Court, which may order that —
(a)
the arbitral tribunal shall deliver the award upon payment into Court by the applicant of the fees and expenses demanded, or such lesser amount as the Court may specify;
(b)
the amount of the fees and expenses demanded shall be taxed by the Registrar of the Supreme Court; and
(c)
out of the money paid into Court, the arbitral tribunal shall be paid such fees and expenses as may be found to be properly payable and the balance of such money (if any) shall be paid out to the applicant.
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(3)  A taxation of fees under this section shall be reviewed in the same manner as a taxation of costs.
(4)  The arbitrator shall be entitled to appear and be heard on any taxation or review of taxation under this section.
(5)  For the purpose of this section, the amount of fees and expenses properly payable is the amount the applicant is liable to pay under section 40 or under any agreement relating to the payment of fees and expenses of the arbitrators.
(6)  No application to the Court may be made unless the Court is satisfied that the applicant has first exhausted any available arbitral process for appeal or review of the amount of the fees or expenses demanded by the arbitrators.
(7)  This section shall apply to any arbitral or other institution or person vested with powers by the parties in relation to the delivery of the award by the tribunal and any reference to the fees and expenses of the arbitrators shall be construed as including the fees and expenses of that institution or person.
(8)  The leave of the Court shall be required for any appeal from a decision of the Court under this section.
Court may charge property with payment of solicitor’s costs in arbitration
42.  Section 117 of the Legal Profession Act (Cap. 161) (which empowers a Court in which a solicitor has been employed in any proceeding to charge property recovered or preserved in the proceeding with the payment of his costs) shall apply as if an arbitration were a proceeding in the Court, and the Court may make declarations and orders accordingly.
Correction or interpretation of award and additional award
43.
—(1)  A party may, within 30 days of the receipt of the award, unless another period of time has been agreed upon by the parties —
(a)
upon notice to the other parties, request the arbitral tribunal to correct in the award any error in computation, any clerical or typographical error, or other error of similar nature; and
(b)
upon notice to the other parties, request the arbitral tribunal to give an interpretation of a specific point or part of the award, if such request is also agreed to by the other parties.
(2)  If the arbitral tribunal considers the request in subsection (1) to be justified, the tribunal shall make such correction or give such interpretation within 30 days of the receipt of the request and such interpretation shall form part of the award.
(3)  The arbitral tribunal may correct any error of the type referred to in subsection (1)(a) or give an interpretation referred to in subsection (1)(b), on its own initiative, within 30 days of the date of the award.
(4)  Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, a party may, within 30 days of receipt of the award and upon notice to the other party, request the arbitral tribunal to make an additional award as to claims presented during the arbitral proceedings but omitted from the award.
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(5)  If the arbitral tribunal considers the request in subsection (4) to be justified, the tribunal shall make the additional award within 60 days of the receipt of such request.
(6)  The arbitral tribunal may, if necessary, extend the period of time within which it shall make a correction, interpretation or an additional award under this section.
(7)  Section 38 shall apply to an award in respect of which a correction or interpretation has been made under this section and to an additional award.
Effect of award
44.
—(1)  An award made by the arbitral tribunal pursuant to an arbitration agreement shall be final and binding on the parties and on any person claiming through or under them and may be relied upon by any of the parties by way of defence, set-off or otherwise in any proceedings in any court of competent jurisdiction.
(2)  Except as provided in section 43, upon an award being made, including an award made in accordance with section 33, the arbitral tribunal shall not vary, amend, correct, review, add to or revoke the award.
(3)  For the purposes of subsection (2), an award is made when it has been signed and delivered in accordance with section 38.
(4)  This section shall not affect the right of a person to challenge the award by any available arbitral process of appeal or review or in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
PART IX
POWERS OF COURT IN RELATION TO AWARD
Determination of preliminary point of law
45.
—(1)  Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the Court may, on the application of a party to the arbitral proceedings who has given notice to the other parties, determine any question of law arising in the course of the proceedings which the Court is satisfied substantially affects the rights of one or more of the parties.
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(2)  The Court shall not consider an application under this section unless —
(a)
it is made with the agreement of all parties to the proceedings; or
(b)
it is made with the permission of the arbitral tribunal and the Court is satisfied that —
(i)
the determination of the question is likely to produce substantial savings in costs; and
(ii)
the application is made without delay.
(3)  The application shall identify the question of law to be determined and, except where made with the agreement of all parties to the proceedings, shall state the grounds on which it is said that the question should be decided by the Court.
(4)  Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the arbitral tribunal may continue the arbitral proceedings and make an award while an application to the Court under this section is pending.
(5)  Except with the leave of the Court, no appeal shall lie from a decision of the Court on whether the conditions in subsection (2) are met.
(6)  The decision of the Court on a question of law shall be a judgment of the Court for the purposes of an appeal to the Court of Appeal.
(7)  The Court may give leave to appeal against the decision of the Court in subsection (6) only if the question of law before it is one of general importance, or is one which for some other special reason should be considered by the Court of Appeal.
Enforcement of award
46.
—(1)  An award made by the arbitral tribunal pursuant to an arbitration agreement may, with leave of the Court, be enforced in the same manner as a judgment or order of the Court to the same effect.
(2)  Where leave of the Court is so granted, judgment may be entered in the terms of the award.
(3)  Notwithstanding section 3, subsection (1) shall apply to an award irrespective of whether the place of arbitration is Singapore or elsewhere.
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No judicial review of award
47.  The Court shall not have jurisdiction to confirm, vary, set aside or remit an award on an arbitration agreement except where so provided in this Act.
Court may set aside award
48.
—(1)  An award may be set aside by the Court —
(a)
if the party who applies to the Court to set aside the award proves to the satisfaction of the Court that —
(i)
a party to the arbitration agreement was under some incapacity;
(ii)
the arbitration agreement is not valid under the law to which the parties have subjected it, or failing any indication thereon, under the laws of Singapore;
(iii)
the party making the application was not given proper notice of the appointment of an arbitrator or of the arbitral proceedings or was otherwise unable to present his case;
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(iv)
the award deals with a dispute not contemplated by or not falling within the terms of the submission to arbitration, or contains decisions on matters beyond the scope of the submission to arbitration, except that, if the decisions on matters submitted to arbitration can be separated from those not so submitted, only that part of the award which contains decisions on matters not submitted to arbitration may be set aside;
(v)
the composition of the arbitral tribunal or the arbitral procedure is not in accordance with the agreement of the parties, unless such agreement is contrary to any provisions of this Act from which the parties cannot derogate, or, in the absence of such agreement, is contrary to the provisions of this Act;
(vi)
the making of the award was induced or affected by fraud or corruption;
(vii)
a breach of the rules of natural justice occurred in connection with the making of the award by which the rights of any party have been prejudiced; or
(b)
if the Court finds that —
(i)
the subject-matter of the dispute is not capable of settlement by arbitration under this Act; or
(ii)
the award is contrary to public policy.
(2)  An application for setting aside an award may not be made after the expiry of 3 months from the date on which the party making the application had received the award, or if a request has been made under section 43, from the date on which that request had been disposed of by the arbitral tribunal.
(3)  When a party applies to the Court to set aside an award under this section, the Court may, where appropriate and so requested by a party, suspend the proceedings for setting aside an award, for such period of time as it may determine, to allow the arbitral tribunal to resume the arbitral proceedings or take such other action as may eliminate the grounds for setting aside an award.
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Appeal against award
49.
—(1)  A party to arbitral proceedings may (upon notice to the other parties and to the arbitral tribunal) appeal to the Court on a question of law arising out of an award made in the proceedings.
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(2)  Notwithstanding subsection (1), the parties may agree to exclude the jurisdiction of the Court under this section and an agreement to dispense with reasons for the arbitral tribunal’s award shall be treated as an agreement to exclude the jurisdiction of the Court under this section.
(3)  An appeal shall not be brought under this section except —
(a)
with the agreement of all the other parties to the proceedings; or
(b)
with the leave of the Court.
(4)  The right to appeal under this section shall be subject to the restrictions in section 50.
(5)  Leave to appeal shall be given only if the Court is satisfied that —
(a)
the determination of the question will substantially affect the rights of one or more of the parties;
(b)
the question is one which the arbitral tribunal was asked to determine;
(c)
on the basis of the findings of fact in the award —
(i)
the decision of the arbitral tribunal on the question is obviously wrong; or
(ii)
the question is one of general public importance and the decision of the arbitral tribunal is at least open to serious doubt; and
(d)
despite the agreement of the parties to resolve the matter by arbitration, it is just and proper in all the circumstances for the Court to determine the question.
(6)  An application for leave to appeal under this section shall identify the question of law to be determined and state the grounds on which it is alleged that leave to appeal should be granted.
(7)  The leave of the Court shall be required for any appeal from a decision of the Court under this section to grant or refuse leave to appeal.
(8)  On an appeal under this section, the Court may by order —
(a)
confirm the award;
(b)
vary the award;
(c)
remit the award to the arbitral tribunal, in whole or in part, for reconsideration in the light of the Court’s determination; or
(d)
set aside the award in whole or in part.
(9)  The Court shall not exercise its power to set aside an award, in whole or in part, unless it is satisfied that it would be inappropriate to remit the matters in question to the arbitral tribunal for reconsideration.
(10)  The decision of the Court on an appeal under this section shall be treated as a judgment of the Court for the purposes of an appeal to the Court of Appeal.
(11)  The Court may give leave to appeal against the decision of the Court in subsection (10) only if the question of law before it is one of general importance, or one which for some other special reason should be considered by the Court of Appeal.
Supplementary provisions to appeal under section 49
50.
—(1)  This section shall apply to an application or appeal under section 49.
(2)  An application or appeal may not be brought if the applicant or appellant has not first exhausted —
(a)
any available arbitral process of appeal or review; and
(b)
any available recourse under section 43 (correction or interpretation of award and additional award).
(3)  Any application or appeal shall be brought within 28 days of the date of the award or, if there has been any arbitral process of appeal or review, of the date when the applicant or appellant was notified of the result of that process.
(4)  If on an application or appeal it appears to the Court that the award —
(a)
does not contain the arbitral tribunal’s reasons; or
(b)
does not set out the arbitral tribunal’s reasons in sufficient detail to enable the Court to properly consider the application or appeal,
the Court may order the arbitral tribunal to state the reasons for its award in sufficient detail for that purpose.
(5)  Where the Court makes an order under subsection (4), it may make such further order as it thinks fit with respect to any additional costs of the arbitration resulting from its order.
(6)  The Court may order the applicant or appellant to provide security for the costs of the application or appeal, and may direct that the application or appeal be dismissed if the order is not complied with.
(7)  The power to order security for costs shall not be exercised by reason only that the applicant or appellant is —
(a)
an individual ordinarily resident outside Singapore; or
(b)
a corporation or association incorporated or formed under the law of a country outside Singapore or whose central management and control is exercised outside Singapore.
(8)  The Court may order that any money payable under the award shall be brought into Court or otherwise secured pending the determination of the application or appeal, and may direct that the application or appeal be dismissed if the order is not complied with.
(9)  The Court may grant leave to appeal subject to conditions to the same or similar effect as an order under subsection (6) or (8) and this shall not affect the general discretion of the Court to grant leave subject to conditions.
Effect of order of Court upon appeal against award
51.
—(1)  Where the Court makes an order under section 49 with respect to an award, subsections (2), (3) and (4) shall apply.
(2)  Where the award is varied by the Court, the variation shall have effect as part of the arbitral tribunal’s award.
(3)  Where the award is remitted to the arbitral tribunal, in whole or in part, for reconsideration, the tribunal shall make a fresh award in respect of the matters remitted within 3 months of the date of the order for remission or such longer or shorter period as the Court may direct.
(4)  Where the award is set aside or declared to be of no effect, in whole or in part, the Court may also order that any provision that an award is a condition precedent to the bringing of legal proceedings in respect of a matter to which the arbitration agreement applies, shall be of no effect as regards the subject-matter of the award or, as the case may be, the relevant part of the award.
Application for leave of Court, etc.
52.
—(1)  An application for the leave of the Court to appeal or an application referred to in section 21A(1), 36(6) or 49(3)(b) or (7) shall be made in such manner as may be prescribed in the Rules of Court.
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(2)  The Court shall determine an application for leave to appeal without a hearing unless it appears to the Court that a hearing is required.
(3)  For the purposes of this section —
(a)
an application for leave of the Court may be heard and determined by a Judge in Chambers; and
(b)
the Court of Appeal shall have the like powers and jurisdiction on the hearing of such applications as the High Court or any Judge in Chambers has on the hearing of such applications.
PART X
MISCELLANEOUS
Notice and other requirements in connection with legal proceedings
53.
—(1)  References in this Act to an application, appeal or other step in relation to legal proceedings being taken upon notice to the other parties to the arbitral proceedings, or to the arbitral tribunal, are references to such notice of the originating process as is required by the Rules of Court.
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(2)  Subject to any provision made by Rules of Court, a requirement to give notice to the arbitral tribunal of legal proceedings shall be construed —
(a)
if there is more than one arbitrator, as a requirement to give notice to each of them; and
(b)
if the arbitral tribunal is not fully constituted, as a requirement to give notice to any arbitrator who has been appointed.
(3)  References in this Act to making an application or appeal to the Court within a specified period are references to the issue within that period of the appropriate originating process in accordance with the Rules of Court.
(4)  Where any provision of this Act requires an application or appeal to be made to the Court within a specified time, the Rules of Court relating to the reckoning of periods, the extending or abridging of periods, and the consequences of not taking a step within the period prescribed by the Rules, shall apply in relation to that requirement.
(5)  Provision may be made by Rules of Court amending the provisions of this Act —
(a)
with respect to the time within which any application or appeal to the Court must be made;
(b)
so as to keep any provision made by this Act in relation to arbitral proceedings in step with the corresponding provision of the Rules of Court applying in relation to proceedings in the Court; or
(c)
so as to keep any provision made by this Act in relation to legal proceedings in step with the corresponding provision of the Rules of Court applying generally in relation to proceedings in the Court.
(6)  Nothing in this section shall affect the generality of the power of the Rules Committee to make Rules of Court.
Powers of Court and Registrar
54.  Provision may be made by Rules of Court for conferring on the Registrar of the Supreme Court or other officer of the Court all or any of the jurisdiction conferred by this Act on the Court.
Rules of Court
55.  The Rules Committee constituted under section 80 of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act (Cap. 322) may make Rules of Court regulating the practice and procedure of any court in respect of any matter under this Act.
Proceedings to be heard otherwise than in open court
56.  Proceedings under this Act in any court shall, on the application of any party to the proceedings, be heard otherwise than in open court.
Restrictions on reporting of proceedings heard otherwise than in open court
57.
—(1)  This section shall apply to proceedings under this Act in any court heard otherwise than in open court.
(2)  A court hearing any proceedings to which this section applies shall, on the application of any party to the proceedings, give directions as to whether any and, if so, what information relating to the proceedings may be published.
(3)  A court shall not give a direction under subsection (2) permitting information to be published unless —
(a)
all parties to the proceedings agree that such information may be published; or
(b)
the court is satisfied that the information, if published in accordance with such directions as it may give, would not reveal any matter, including the identity of any party to the proceedings, that any party to the proceedings reasonably wishes to remain confidential.
(4)  Notwithstanding subsection (3), where a court gives grounds of decision for a judgment in respect of proceedings to which this section applies and considers that judgment to be of major legal interest, the court shall direct that reports of the judgment may be published in law reports and professional publications but, if any party to the proceedings reasonably wishes to conceal any matter, including the fact that he was such a party, the court shall —
(a)
give directions as to the action that shall be taken to conceal that matter in those reports; and
(b)
if it considers that a report published in accordance with directions given under paragraph (a) would be likely to reveal that matter, direct that no report shall be published until after the end of such period, not exceeding 10 years, as it considers appropriate.
Application to references under statutory powers
58.  This Act shall apply in relation to every arbitration under any other written law (other than the International Arbitration Act (Cap. 143A)), as if the arbitration were commenced pursuant to an arbitration agreement, except in so far as this Act is inconsistent with that other written law.
Immunity of arbitral institutions
59.
—(1)  The appointing authority, or an arbitral or other institution or person designated or requested by the parties to appoint or nominate an arbitrator, shall not be liable for anything done or omitted in the discharge or purported discharge of that function unless the act or omission is shown to have been in bad faith.
(2)  The appointing authority, or an arbitral or other institution or person by whom an arbitrator is appointed or nominated, shall not be liable, by reason only of having appointed or nominated him, for anything done or omitted by the arbitrator, his employees or agents in the discharge or purported discharge of his functions as arbitrator.
(3)  This section shall apply to an employee or agent of the appointing authority or of an arbitral or other institution or person as it applies to the appointing authority, institution or person himself.
Authentication of awards and arbitration agreements
59A.
—(1)  For the purposes of the enforcement of an award in any Convention country, the Minister may by order appoint such persons holding office in such arbitral institution or other organisation as the Minister may specify in the order, to authenticate any award or arbitration agreement or to certify copies thereof.
(2)  Any person appointed under subsection (1) —
(a)
shall comply with any condition imposed by the Minister; and
(b)
shall not, without the written consent of the parties, directly or indirectly disclose any matter, including the identity of any party to the award or arbitration agreement, to any third party.
(3)  An award or arbitration agreement or a copy thereof duly authenticated or certified by a person appointed under subsection (1) shall be deemed to have been authenticated or certified by a competent authority in Singapore for the purposes of enforcement in any Convention country.
(4)  For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this section shall —
(a)
prevent any person from authenticating any award or arbitration agreement or certifying copies thereof in any other manner or method or by any other person, institution or organisation; or
(b)
affect the right of a person to challenge or appeal against any award by any available arbitral process of appeal or review, or in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
(5)  In this section, “Convention country” has the same meaning as in section 27(1) of the International Arbitration Act (Cap. 143A).
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Service of notices
60.
—(1)  The parties are free to agree on the manner of service of any notice or other document required or authorised to be given or served in pursuance of the arbitration agreement or for the purposes of the arbitral proceedings.
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(2)  If or to the extent that there is no such agreement as is referred to in subsection (1), subsections (3) and (4) shall apply.
(3)  A notice or other document may be served on a person by any effective means.
(4)  If a notice or other document is addressed, prepaid and delivered by post —
(a)
to the addressee’s usual or last known place of residence or, if he is or has been carrying on a trade, profession or business, his usual or last known place of business; or
(b)
if the addressee is a body corporate, to the body corporate’s registered office,
it shall be treated as effectively served.
(5)  This section shall not apply to the service of documents for the purposes of legal proceedings, for which provision is made by Rules of Court.
(6)  References in this Part to a notice or other document include any form of communication in writing and references to giving or serving a notice or other document shall be construed accordingly.
Reckoning periods of time
61.
—(1)  The parties may agree on the method of reckoning periods of time for the purposes of —
(a)
any provision agreed by them; or
(b)
any provision of this Act having effect in default of such agreement.
(2)  If or to the extent that the parties have not agreed on the method of reckoning time, periods of time shall be reckoned in accordance with this section.
(3)  Where the act is required to be done within a specified period after or from a specified date, the period shall begin immediately after that date.
(4)  Where an act is required to be done within or not less than a specified period before a specified date, the period shall end immediately before that date.
(5)  Where the act is required to be done, a specified number of clear days after a specified date, at least that number of days shall intervene between the day on which the act is done and that date.
(6)  Where the period in question being a period of 7 days or less would include a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday, that day shall be excluded.
Appointment of mediator
62.
—(1)  In any case where an agreement provides for the appointment of a mediator by a person who is not one of the parties and that person refuses to make the appointment or does not make the appointment within the time specified in the agreement or, if no time is so specified, within a reasonable time of being requested by any party to the agreement to make the appointment, the Chairman of the Singapore Mediation Centre may, on the application of any party to the agreement, appoint a mediator who shall have the like powers to act in the mediation proceedings as if he had been appointed in accordance with the terms of the agreement.
(2)  The Chief Justice may, if he thinks fit, by notification published in the Gazette, appoint any other person to exercise the powers of the Chairman of the Singapore Mediation Centre under subsection (1).
(3)  Where an arbitration agreement provides for the appointment of a mediator and further provides that the person so appointed shall act as an arbitrator in the event of the mediation proceedings failing to produce a settlement acceptable to the parties —
(a)
no objection shall be taken to the appointment of such person as an arbitrator, or to his conduct of the arbitral proceedings, solely on the ground that he had acted previously as a mediator in connection with some or all of the matters referred to arbitration; and
(b)
if such person declines to act as an arbitrator, any other person appointed as an arbitrator shall not be required first to act as a mediator unless a contrary intention appears in the arbitration agreement.
(4)  Unless a contrary intention appears therein, an agreement which provides for the appointment of a mediator shall be deemed to contain a provision that in the event of the mediation proceedings failing to produce a settlement acceptable to the parties within 4 months, or such longer period as the parties may agree to, of the date of the appointment of the mediator or, where he is appointed by name in the agreement, of the receipt by him of written notification of the existence of a dispute, the mediation proceedings shall thereupon terminate.
Power of arbitrator to act as mediator
63.
—(1)  If all parties to any arbitral proceedings consent in writing and for so long as no party has withdrawn his consent in writing, an arbitrator may act as a mediator.
(2)  An arbitrator acting as a mediator —
(a)
may communicate with the parties to the arbitral proceedings collectively or separately; and
(b)
shall treat information obtained by him from a party to the arbitral proceedings as confidential, unless that party otherwise agrees or unless subsection (3) applies.
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(3)  Where confidential information is obtained by an arbitrator from a party to the arbitral proceedings during mediation proceedings and those proceedings terminate without the parties reaching agreement in settlement of their dispute, the arbitrator shall before resuming the arbitral proceedings disclose to all other parties to the arbitral proceedings as much of that information as he considers material to the arbitral proceedings.
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(4)  No objection shall be taken to the conduct of arbitral proceedings by a person solely on the ground that that person had acted previously as a mediator in accordance with this section.
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(5)  For the purposes of this section and section 62 —
(a)
any reference to a mediator shall include a reference to any person who acts as a conciliator;
(b)
any reference to mediation proceedings shall include a reference to conciliation proceedings.
Act to bind Government
64.  This Act shall bind the Government.
Transitional provisions
65.
—(1)  This Act shall apply to arbitration proceedings commenced on or after 1st March 2002 but the parties may in writing agree that this Act shall apply to arbitration proceedings commenced before that date.
(2)  Notwithstanding the repeal of the Arbitration Act (Cap. 10, 1985 Ed.), where the arbitration proceedings were commenced before 1st March 2002, the law governing the arbitration agreement and the arbitration shall be the law which would have applied if this Act had not been enacted.
(3)  Where an arbitration agreement made or entered into before 1st March 2002 provides for the appointment of an umpire or an arbitral tribunal comprising 2 arbitrators, the law to the extent that it governs the appointment, role and function of the umpire shall be the law which would have applied if this Act had not been enacted.
(4)  For the purposes of this section, arbitration proceedings are to be taken as having commenced on the date of the receipt by the respondent of a request for the dispute to be referred to arbitration, or, where the parties have agreed in writing that any other date is to be taken as the date of commencement of the arbitration proceedings, then on that date.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Arbitration Act
(CHAPTER 10)
This Legislative History is provided for the convenience of users of the Arbitration Act. It is not part of the Act.
1.  
Ordinance 14 of 1953—Arbitration Ordinance 1953
Date of First, Second and Third Readings
:
Date not available
Date of commencement
:
4 May 1953
2.  
Act 14 of 1969—Statute Law Revision Act 1969
Date of First, Second and Third Readings
:
Date not available
Date of commencement
:
2 January 1970
3.  
1970 Revised Edition—Arbitration Act (Chapter 16)
Date of operation
:
1 March 1971
4.  
Act 2 of 1980—Arbitration (Amendment) Act 1980
Date of First Reading
:
11 December 1979
(Bill No. 36/1979 published on 17 December 1979)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
5 March 1980
Date of commencement
:
21 March 1980
5.  
1985 Revised Edition—Arbitration Act (Chapter 16)
Date of operation
:
30 March 1987
6.  
Date of First Reading
:
25 September 2001
(Bill No. 37/2001 published on 26 September 2001)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
5 October 2001
Date of commencement
:
1 March 2002
7.  
Date of operation
:
31 July 2002
8.  
Date of First Reading
:
20 March 2003
(Bill No. 7/2003 published on 21 March 2003)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
24 April 2003
Date of commencement
:
16 May 2003
9.  
Date of First Reading
:
17 October 2005
(Bill No. 30/2005 published on 18 October 2005)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
21 November 2005
Dates of commencement
:
1st January 2006 (Item (4) of Fifth Schedule — Amendment of Arbitration Act)
10.  
Date of First Reading
:
14 September 2009
(Bill No. 20/2009 published on 14 September 2009)
Date of Second Reading
:
14 October 2009
Date of Third Reading
:
19 October 2009
Date of commencement
:
1 January 2010
11.  
Date of First Reading
:
8 March 2012 (Bill No. 11/2012 published on 8 March 2012)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
9 April 2012
Date of commencement
:
1 June 2012
12.  
Date of First Reading
:
8 March 2012 (Bill No. 10/2012 published on 8 March 2012)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
9 April 2012
Date of commencement
:
1 June 2012
13.  
Act 16 of 2016—Statutes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2016
Date of First Reading
:
14 April 2016 (Bill No. 15/2016 published on 14 April 2016)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
9 May 2016
Date of commencement
:
1 August 2016

COMPARATIVE TABLE

Arbitration Act
(CHAPTER 10)

The following provisions in the Arbitration Act 2001 (Act 37 of 2001) have been renumbered by the Law Revision Commissioners in this 2002 Revised Edition.

This Comparative Table is provided for the convenience of users. It is not part of the Arbitration Act.

2002 Ed.
Act 37 of 2001
Omitted
65—(1)
65—(1)
        (2)
        (2)
        (3)
        (3)
        (4)
        (4)
        (5)
Omitted
66
Omitted
67