A summary of the SDSI Arbitration Process

1. Agreement to Submit to Arbitration
There must be an agreement between the parties to submit the dispute to mediation. Please click on the link using SDSI to see the various forms such an agreement can take.

2. Filing of Forms with SDSI
Notice of Appeal/Statement of Appeal/Reply Appointment of Arbitrator

3. Appointment of Arbitrator
The parties may agree on an arbitrator from the SDSI panel of arbitrators. Where the parties can not reach an agreement on the arbitrator to be appointed, the SDSI Registrar will appoint an arbitrator. Where it has been agreed that a dispute is to be heard by a 3 person arbitration panel, each party shall appoint one arbitrator with the third person who shall act as Chairperson of the panel appointed by the SDSI Registrar.

4. Conduct of Arbitration
The proceedings will be carried out in a manner seen fit by the arbitrator. As a general rule, an oral hearing shall be held. The decision of the arbitrator shall be delivered in writing and with reasons.

5. Cost of the Arbitration to be determined by the Registrar
As a general, each parties own expenses in relation to the arbitration shall be borne by the parties themselves save, where the arbitrator determines a contribution should be provided by one party to the other. The arbitrator will, unless the parties agree otherwise, decide who or in what proportion the parties are to bear the arbitration costs for example, the arbitrator’s own fees. Please click on the link Costs to obtain more detailed guidance in relation to the likely cost of arbitration with SDSI.

6. Publication of the Award
An award will only be published in full where all parties to a dispute agree that it can be published. SDSI do however, save where specifically agreed otherwise, reserve the right to publish an award with the identity of the parties withheld. This is to facilitate the establishment of a sporting jurisprudence in Ireland.