Chapter 1 – Introductory

1: Short title, extent and commencement:

(1) This Act maybe called the Arbitration Act, 1940.
(2) It extends to the whole of Pakistan.
(3) It shall come into force on the 1st day of July, 1940.

2: Definitions: In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-

a) “arbitration agreement” means a written agreement to submit present or future differences to arbitration, whether an arbitrator is named therein or not

b) “award” means an arbitration award;

c) “Court” means a Civil Court having jurisdiction to decide the question forming the subject-matter of reference if the same had been the subject-matter of a suit, but does not, except for the purpose of arbitration proceedings under Section 21, include a Small Cause Court;

d) “legal representative” means a person who in law represents the estate of a deceased person, and includes any person who intermeddles with the estate of the deceased, and, where a party acts in a representative character, the person on whom the estate devolves on the death of the party so acting;

e) “reference” means a reference to arbitration.

The Arbitration Act (X OF 1940)

Table of Contents


Chapter I: Introductory

Chapter II – Arbitration without Intervention of a Court

Chapter III – Arbitration with intervention of a Court where there is no suit pending

Chapter IV – Arbitration in Suits

Chapter V – General

Chapter VI – Appeals

Chapter VII – Miscellaneous

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