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Last update: 2011-11-08

  • Uniform Arbitration Act.
  • Health Care Arbitration Act.
  • Illinois Not-for-profit Dispute Resolution Center Act.
  • Seed Arbitration Act.
  • International Commercial Arbitration Act.
    • Article 1. General Provisions
    • Article 5. Arbitration Agreement
    • Article 10. Composition of Arbitral Tribunal
    • Article 15. Jurisdiction of Arbitral Tribunal
    • Article 20. Conduct of Arbitral Proceedings
    • Article 25. Making of Award and Termination of Proceedings
    • Article 99. Effective Date
  • Uniform Mediation Act.
  • Reviewing Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Act.
  • Sorry Works! Pilot Program Act.
    • Article 4. Sorry Works! Pilot Program Act
    • Article 9. Miscellaneous


Section 1. Validity of Arbitration Agreement

(710 ILCS 5/1) (from Ch. 10, par. 101)

A written agreement to submit any existing controversy to arbitration or a provision in a written contract to submit to arbitration any controversy thereafter arising between the parties is valid, enforceable and irrevocable save upon such grounds as exist for the revocation of any contract, except that any agreement between a patient and a hospital or health care provider to submit to binding arbitration a claim for damages arising out of (1) injuries alleged to have been received by a patient, or (2) death of a patient, due to hospital or health care provider negligence or other wrongful act, but not including intentional torts, is also subject to the Health Care Arbitration Act.

(Source: P.A. 80-1012; 80-1031.)

Section 2

(710 ILCS 5/2) (from Ch. 10, par. 102)

Proceedings to compel or stay arbitration.) (a) On application of a party showing an agreement described in Section 1, and the opposing party's refusal to arbitrate, the court shall order the parties to proceed with arbitration, but if the opposing party denies the existence of the agreement to arbitrate, the court shall proceed summarily to the determination of the issue so raised and shall order arbitration if found for the moving party, otherwise, the application shall be denied.

(b) On application, the court may stay an arbitration proceeding commenced or threatened on a showing that there is no agreement to arbitrate. That issue, when in substantial and bona fide dispute, shall be forthwith and summarily tried and the stay ordered if found for the moving party. If found for the opposing party, the court shall order the parties to proceed to arbitration.

(c) If an issue referable to arbitration under the alleged agreement is involved in an action or proceeding pending in a court having jurisdiction to hear applications under subdivision (a) of this Section, the application shall be made therein. Otherwise and subject to Section 17, the application may be made in any circuit court.

(d) Any action or proceeding involving an issue subject to arbitration shall be stayed if an order for arbitration or an application therefor has been made under this Section or, if the issue is severable, the stay may be with respect thereto only. When the application is made in such action or proceeding, the order for arbitration shall include such stay.

(e) An order for arbitration shall not be refused on the ground that the claim in issue lacks merit or bona fides or because any fault or grounds for the claim sought to be arbitrated have not been shown.

(Source: P.A. 79-1361.)

Section 3. Appointment of Arbitrators.

(710 ILCS 5/3) (from Ch. 10, par. 103)

If the arbitration agreement provides a method of appointment of arbitrators, this method shall be followed. In the absence thereof, any method of appointment of arbitrators agreed upon by the parties to the contract shall be followed. An arbitrator so appointed has all the powers of one specifically named in the agreement. When an arbitrator appointed fails or is unable to act, his successor shall be appointed in the same manner as the original appointment. If the method of appointment of arbitrators is not specified in the agreement and cannot be agreed upon by the parties, the entire arbitration agreement shall terminate.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3844.)

Section 4. Majority Action by Arbitrators.

(710 ILCS 5/4) (from Ch. 10, par. 104)

The powers of the arbitrators may be exercised by a majority unless otherwise provided by the agreement or by this Act.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3844.)

Section 5. Hearing.

(710 ILCS 5/5) (from Ch. 10, par. 105)

Unless otherwise provided by the agreement:

(a) The arbitrators shall appoint a time and place for the hearing and cause notification to the parties to be served personally or by registered mail not less than 5 days before the hearing. Appearance at the hearing waives such notice. The arbitrators may adjourn the hearing from time to time as necessary and, on request of a party and for good cause, or upon their own motion may postpone the hearing to a time not later than the date fixed by the agreement for making the award unless the parties consent to a later date. The arbitrators may hear and determine the controversy upon the evidence produced notwithstanding the failure of a party duly notified to appear. The court on application may direct the arbitrators to proceed promptly with the hearing and determination of the controversy.

(b) The parties are entitled to be heard, to present evidence material to the controversy and to cross-examine witnesses appearing at the hearing.

(c) The hearing shall be conducted by all the arbitrators but a majority may determine any question and render a final award. If, during the course of the hearing, an arbitrator for any reason ceases to act, the remaining arbitrator or arbitrators appointed to act as neutrals may continue with the hearing and determination of the controversy, unless otherwise provided in the agreement.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3844.)

Section 6. Representation by Attorney.

(710 ILCS 5/6) (from Ch. 10, par. 106)

A party has the right to be represented by an attorney at any proceeding or hearing under this Act. A waiver thereof prior to the proceeding or hearing is ineffective.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3844.)

Section 7. Witnesses, Subpoenas, Depositions.

(710 ILCS 5/7) (from Ch. 10, par. 107)

(a) The arbitrators may issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and for the production of books, records, documents and other evidence, and shall have the power to administer oaths. Subpoenas so issued shall be served, and upon application to the court by a party or the arbitrators, enforced, in the manner provided by law for the service and enforcement of subpoenas in civil cases.

(b) On application of a party and for use as evidence, the arbitrators may permit a deposition to be taken, in the manner and upon the terms designated by the arbitrators, of a witness who cannot be subpoenaed or is unable to attend the hearing.

(c) All provisions of law compelling a person under subpoena to testify are applicable.

(d) Fees for attendance as a witness shall be the same as for a witness in the Circuit Court.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3844.)

Section 8. Award.

(710 ILCS 5/8) (from Ch. 10, par. 108)

(a) The award shall be in writing and signed by the arbitrators joining in the award. The arbitrators shall deliver a copy to each party personally or by registered mail, or as provided in the agreement.

(b) An award shall be made within the time fixed therefor by the agreement or, if not so fixed, within such time as the court orders on application of a party. The parties may extend the time in writing either before or after the expiration thereof. A party waives the objection that an award was not made within the time required unless he notifies the arbitrators of his objection prior to the delivery of the award to him.

(c) Rules applicable to substance of dispute.

(i) The arbitrators shall decide the dispute in accordance with any rules of law that are chosen by the parties as applicable to the substance of the dispute. Any designation of the law or legal system of a given jurisdiction shall be construed, unless otherwise expressed, as directly referring to the substantive law of that jurisdiction and not to its conflict of law rules.

(ii) If the parties do not make a designation described in subsection (i) of this Section, the arbitrators shall apply the law as determined by the conflict of laws rules that they consider applicable.

(iii) In all cases, the arbitrators shall decide in accordance with the terms of the contract and shall take into account the usages of the trade applicable to the transaction.

(iv) Nothing in this subsection (c) shall apply to an arbitration which is part of or pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement.

(Source: P.A. 96-1476, eff. 1-1-11.)

Section 9. Change of Award by Arbitrators.

(710 ILCS 5/9) (from Ch. 10, par. 109)

On application of a party to the arbitrators or, if an application to the court is pending under Sections 11, 12 or 13, on submission to the arbitrators by the court under such conditions as the court may order, the arbitrators may modify or correct the award upon the grounds stated in paragraphs (1) and (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 13, or for the purpose of clarifying the award. The application shall be made within 20 days after delivery of the award to the applicant. Written notice thereof shall be given forthwith to the opposing party, stating he must serve his objections thereto, if any, within 10 days from the notice. The award so modified or corrected is subject to the provisions of Sections 11, 12 and 13.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3844.)

Section 10. Fees and Expenses of Arbitration.

(710 ILCS 5/10) (from Ch. 10, par. 110)

Unless otherwise provided in the agreement to arbitrate, the arbitrators' expenses and fees, together with other expenses, not including attorney's fees, incurred in the conduct of the arbitration, shall be paid as provided in the award.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3844.)

Section 11. Confirmation of an Award.

(710 ILCS 5/11) (from Ch. 10, par. 111)

Upon application of a party, the court shall confirm an award, unless within the time limits hereinafter imposed grounds are urged for vacating or modifying or correcting the award, in which case the court shall proceed as provided in Sections 12 and 13.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3844.)

Section 12. Vacating an Award.

(710 ILCS 5/12) (from Ch. 10, par. 112)

(a) Upon application of a party, the court shall vacate an award where:

(1) the award was procured by corruption, fraud or other undue means;

(2) there was evident partiality by an arbitrator appointed as a neutral or corruption in any one of the arbitrators or misconduct prejudicing the rights of any party;

(3) the arbitrators exceeded their powers;

(4) the arbitrators refused to postpone the hearing upon sufficient cause being shown therefor or refused to hear evidence material to the controversy or otherwise so conducted the hearing, contrary to the provisions of Section 5, as to prejudice substantially the rights of a party; or

(5) there was no arbitration agreement and the issue was not adversely determined in proceedings under Section 2 and the party did not participate in the arbitration hearing without raising the objection; but the fact that the relief was such that it could not or would not be granted by the circuit court is not ground for vacating or refusing to confirm the award.

(b) An application under this Section shall be made within 90 days after delivery of a copy of the award to the applicant, except that if predicated upon corruption, fraud or other undue means, it shall be made within 90 days after such grounds are known or should have been known.

(c) In vacating the award on grounds other than stated in clause (5) of subsection (a) the court may order a rehearing before new arbitrators chosen as provided in Section 3, or if the award is vacated on grounds set forth in clauses (3) and (4) of subsection (a) the court may order a rehearing before the arbitrators who made the award or their successors appointed in accordance with Section 3. The time within which the agreement requires the award to be made is applicable to the rehearing and commences from the date of the order.

(d) If the application to vacate is denied and no motion to modify or correct the award is pending, the court shall confirm the award.

(e) Nothing in this Section or any other Section of this Act shall apply to the vacating, modifying, or correcting of any award entered as a result of an arbitration agreement which is a part of or pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement; and the grounds for vacating, modifying, or correcting such an award shall be those which existed prior to the enactment of this Act.

(Source: P.A. 79-1361.)

Section 13. Modification or Correction of Awards.

(710 ILCS 5/13) (from Ch. 10, par. 113)

(a) Upon application made within 90 days after delivery of a copy of the award to the applicant, the court shall modify or correct the award where:

(1) There was an evident miscalculation of figures or an evident mistake in the description of any person, thing or property referred to in the award;

(2) The arbitrators have awarded upon a matter not submitted to them and the award may be corrected without affecting the merits of the decision upon the issues submitted; or

(3) The award is imperfect in a matter of form, not affecting the merits of the controversy.

(b) If the application is granted, the court shall modify and correct the award so as to effect its intent and shall confirm the award as so modified and corrected. Otherwise, the court shall confirm the award as made.

(c) An application to modify or correct an award may be joined in the alternative with an application to vacate the award.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3844.)

Section 14

(710 ILCS 5/14) (from Ch. 10, par. 114)

Judgment on award.) Upon the granting of an order confirming, modifying or correcting an award, judgment shall be entered in conformity therewith and be enforced as any other judgment. Costs of the application and of the proceedings subsequent thereto, and disbursements may be awarded by the court as to the court seems just.

(Source: P.A. 79-1361.)