Section 4: What is adjudication?

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Under the Act, adjudication is when an adjudicator – a registered, trained professional experienced in construction contract administration and dispute resolution – is appointed to review the issue and expedite the resolution of a payment dispute.

Adjudication is an inexpensive method for obtaining swift resolution of payment disputes. It does not require the use of legal representation or use the lengthy and complex processes normally associated with other dispute resolution methods, such as litigation or arbitration.

Once an adjudicator has made a decision, referred to as a “determination”, it is immediately binding on the parties, and can only be overridden by a subsequent decision in arbitration or court if one of the parties chooses to initiate such formal proceedings.

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