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Are there rules that the arbitrator must follow?

There are certain rules of evidence and procedure that the arbitrator may follow, for the most part he or she will because the arbitrator is likely to be familiar with these rules, since he may be a lawyer or a retired judge. Most arbitrators feel following the established rules of evidence and procedure can help the structure of the arbitration. The lawyers for the parties to the arbitration will also be familiar with the rules of evidence and procedure. It is also recommended to have a lawyer represent you at an arbitration. An arbitrator is definitely not a substitute for a lawyer. An arbitration should have proper legal preparation, as well as legal representation.