Adjudication is a mechanism for dispute resolution that promises to be more cost and time effective than current Court procedures.  As such, the process follows strict timelines.  Any party in the construction pyramid can issue a "Notice of Adjudication" to it's client or suppliers.  It will be a non-voluntary process, therefore once a "Notice of Adjudication is issued by a party, the receiving party must submit to the procedure.  Most adjudications will likely proceed in writing.  Adjudicators have a discretion to make decisions, hear evidence, retain experts and engage site visits.  There is no Appeal from an Adjudicator's Determination, although an 'Application for Judicial Review' is possible in very limited circumstances.  An Adjudicators Determination is as enforceable as a Judgement however it is not a guarantee of payment.  Accordingly, contractors and subcontractors should take care not to let lien rights and bond claims expire.  An Adjudicators Determination, however is interim in that it is binding until a party successfully obtains a different outcome in litigation.  Only one matter can be raised per Adjudication unless the parties agree otherwise, however the Contractor can request the consolidation of same and related matters.  Unless the Parties agree, Adjudication may not be brought after the Contract or Subcontract has been completed.  The Adjudicator's Fees are split, however the Adjudicator may award costs if a party has acted in respect of the improvement in a matter that is frivolous, vexatious, an abuse of process or not in good faith. The Parties and Adjudicator may agree to extend the time-frame for the Adjudictor's Determination, which otherwise must be rendered within 30 days.  

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