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Arbitration and Conciliation

The Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 the governing arbitration statute in India. It is based on the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in 1985. Previous statutory provisions on arbitration were contained in three different enactments, namely, the Arbitration Act, 1940, the Arbitration (Protocol and Convention) Act, 1937 and the Foreign Awards (Recognition and Enforcement) Act, 1961. The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 has repealed the Arbitration Act, 1940 and also the Acts of 1937 and 1961.

ADR provides a viable option for those who prefer to stay out of court and has many potential advantages for most litigants, including:

  • Reduced cost
  • Efficient resolution
  • Less emotional stress
  • Flexibility with rules and procedures
  • Control over the results
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