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The author examines the increasingly adversarial and legalistic nature of arbitration and how it undermines the objective of providing a quick, efficient and cost-effective means of dispute resolution. He then describes the mechanisms that parties have adopted to restore those virtues. A sample expedited arbitration procedure is appended.

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The authority of labor arbitrators to fashion and administer discovery procedures is now firmly established. The basic objective of arbitral discovery is to achieve full disclosure while avoiding the legal complexities of discovery as practiced by “litigators.” A duty of full disclosure applies to the parties. This article addresses burden of proof responsibilities (and distinguished …

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Brief comment on practices and pitfalls in use of court reporters, followed by a discussion of unrelated topics: postponements and cancellations; fee collection; extensions of time limits; misunderstandings; pre-hearing procedures; conflicts between duty to the parties and obligation to maintain the integrity of the process; reluctant witnesses; and issues arising out of assignment of unit …

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