Referring the dispute to adjudication
Adjudication is a relatively simple, straightforward and robust process, however the time constraints on all parties and the adjudicator are short and rigid and the consequences of a failure to comply with those constraints may be severe.
An astute claimant will be aware of, and prepared to meet, the procedural requirements and the likely timetable for the provision and exchange of the necessary notices, and the submissions and evidence upon which a determination will be made.
Such a claimant will have prepared all of its claim documents, so far as it can, well in advance of issuing the notice of adjudication, because the timeframes are very short compared to other dispute resolution processes, and as in all dispute resolution processes, careful and considered preparation and attention to detail invariably underscores a successful outcome.
There are seven basic steps to the adjudication process provided by the Building Disputes Tribunal (click here to view flowchart of adjudication process). There may be others in some cases, but no party should proceed on the basis of that expectation. The seven basic steps are as follows:
Note: For further information on each of the above seven steps please refer to the menu on the left.