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Italy - Arbitration (Title VIII of Book IV of the Italian Code of Civil Procedure)

Article 819-bis Connected Cases (Connessione)

Article 819-ter Hearing of Witnesses

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Italy - Arbitration (Title VIII of Book IV of the Italian Code of Civil Procedure)

Article 819-ter Hearing of Witnesses

(This Article is included for the first time)

The arbitrators may hear the witness by requesting him to appear before them or decide to hear his statement at his home or office, if he agrees. They may also decide to hear the witness by requesting him to give written answers to questions within the time-limit established by them .

Chapter IV - The Award

Article 820 - Time-Limit for the Decision

Unless the parties have agreed otherwise, the arbitrators shall render their award within one hundred and eighty days of acceptance of their appointment. If there are several arbitrators and they did not all accept at the same time, the time-limit begins to run from the last acceptance. Where a challenge against an arbitrator is filed, the time-limit shall be suspended until a decision is made on the challenge and it shall be interrupted where it is necessary to replace an arbitrator.

Where evidence must be taken or an interlocutory award has been rendered , the arbitrators may extend the time-limit once only and for not more than one hundred and eighty days.

In case of the death of one of the parties, the time-limit is extended by thirty days.

The parties may agree in writing to an extension of the time-limit.

Article 821 - Relevance of the Expiry of the Time-Limit

The expiry of the time-limit indicated in the preceding Article may not be raised as a ground for setting aside the award if the party, before the deliberation of the award resulting in the decision (dispositivo) by the majority of the arbitrators, has failed to notify the other parties and the arbitrators of its intention to raise the objection of the termination of the arbitrators' authority.

Article 822 - Rules for the Deliberation [of the Award]

The arbitrators shall decide their award according to the rules of law unless the parties have, through any expression whatsoever, authorized them to settle the dispute ex aequ et bono .

Article 823 - Deliberation of and Requirements for the Award

The award shall be deliberated by a majority vote of the arbitrators personally meeting together. It shall then be set down in writing.

It shall contain:

1) the names of the parties;

2) the indication of the submission to arbitration or of the arbitration clause and of the issues submitted for decision;

3) a brief statement of the reasons;

4) the decision of the issues (dispositivo);

5) the indication of the seat of the arbitration and of the place or the manner in which it was deliberated;

6) the signatures of all of the arbitrators, with the indication of the day, month and year of their signature; the arbitrators may sign in a place other than the place of deliberation, as well as abroad. If there is more than one arbitrator, they may sign in different places without having to meet personally again.

However, an award signed only by the majority of the arbitrators shall be valid provided that mention is made that it was deliberated in the presence of all the arbitrators and that it states expressly that the other arbitrators were either unwilling or unable to sign.

The award shall be binding on the parties from the date of the last signature.

Article 824 - Place of Decision

ABROGATED: [The award shall be decided in Italy.]

Article 825 - Filing of the Award

The arbitrators shall prepare the award in as many original copies as there are parties and shall serve notice thereof upon each party by delivery of an original copy, or by sending it by registered mail, within ten days from the date of the last signature .

The party intending to have the award enforced in the territory of the Republic shall file an original copy of the award or a certified copy thereof , together with the submission to arbitration or the document containing the arbitration clause or an equivalent document in original or in certified copy , with the Registry (cancelleria) of the Magistrate's Court (pretura) of the district in which the arbitration has its seat [ABROGATED: within one year of receipt of the award].

[ABROGATED: This time-limit is peremptory.]

The Magistrate (Pretore), after ascertaining that the award [ABROGATED: has been filed within the time-limit and] meets all formal requirements, enforces it by decree. The award which has been declared enforceable shall be registered in all cases where a judgment of the same content would be subject to registration. [ABROGATED: The Magistrate's decree confers on the award the same effects as those of a judgment.]

The Registry (cancelleria) shall notify the parties of the filing and of the Magistrate's decree provided for in Article 133, paragraph 2.

A recourse against the decree [ABROGATED: of the Magistrate] denying enforcement of the award may be filed by petition with the [ABROGATED: President of the] Court (tribunale) within thirty days of notification; the Court (tribunale), meeting in chambers and after having heard the parties, shall issue an order against which there shall be no recourse.

Article 826 - Correction of the Award

On the request of a party, the award may be corrected by the same arbitrators who have rendered it, where there have been omissions, material errors or miscalculations .

The arbitrators, having heard the parties, shall take action within twenty days. The decision shall be communicated to the parties, also by registered mail, within ten days from the date of the last signature .

If the award has already been filed, the petition for correction is presented to the Magistrate (pretore) of the place where the award has been filed. The provisions of Article 288 are applicable in so far as they are compatible .

Chapter V - Means of Recourse

Article 827 - Means of Recourse

The award may only be subject to recourse for setting aside, for revocation or third party opposition .

The recourse may be filed irrespective of the filing of the award .

The award partially deciding on the merits of the dispute may be challenged immediately, whereas the award which decides some of the issues without resolving the dispute may be challenged only together with the final award .

Article 828 - Recourse for Setting Aside

A recourse for setting aside may be filed with the Court of Appeal of the district in which the arbitration has its seat , within ninety days of notification of the award .

[ABROGATED: The Magistrate (pretore), Court (tribunale) or Court of Appeal have jurisdiction over the recourse for setting aside according to whether the case which has been decided would have fallen within the jurisdiction of the conciliator, Magistrate or Court (tribunale).]

No recourse may be filed after one year from the date of the last signature .

The request to correct the award does not suspend the time-limit for filing a recourse; however, the parts of the award which have been corrected may be challenged within the ordinary time-limit, which begins to run after notification of the decision on the correction .

Article 829 - Grounds for Setting Aside

Notwithstanding any waiver, a recourse for setting aside may be filed in the following cases:

1) if the arbitration agreement is null and void;

2) if the arbitrators have not been appointed according to the provisions laid down in Chapters I and II of this Title, provided that this ground for setting aside has been raised in the arbitration proceedings;

3) if the award has been rendered by a person who could not be appointed arbitrator according to Article 812;

4) if the award exceeds the limits of the submission to arbitration or fails to decide one or more items in the submission to arbitration or contains contradictory provisions, subject to the provisions of Article 817;

5) if the award does not comply with the requirements of Article 823, paragraph 2, numbers 3), 4), 5), and 6) subject [in regard to number 6] to the provisions in the third paragraph of said article

6) if the award has been rendered after the expiry of the time-limit indicated in Article 820, subject to the provisions of Article 821;

7) if during the proceedings, those formalities laid down under penalty of nullity for the proceedings for the ordinary courts have not been observed, provided the parties had requested their observance according to Article 816 and if the nullity has not been cured;

8) if the award is contrary to a previous award which is no longer subject to recourse or to a previous judgment having the force of res judicata between the parties, provided that this objection has been raised in the arbitration proceedings

9) if the principle "audietur et altera pars" (principio del contraddittorio) has not been respected in the arbitration proceedings

A recourse for setting aside may also be filed where the arbitrators did not decide according to rules of law, unless the parties have authorized them to decide ex aequo et bono or they have declared that there may be no recourse against the award.

In the case provided for in Article 808, paragraph 2, the award is subject to recourse also for violation and misapplication of collective labour contracts and agreements .

Article 830 - Decision on the Recourse for Setting Aside

The Court of Appeal , when granting the recourse, issues a judgment declaring the award null and void when the defect affects only a part of the award which is separable from the others, it shall declare the partial nullity of the award .

Unless all of the parties have declared a contrary intention, the Court of Appeal shall decide also on the merits, if the case is ready for decision, or it shall remand the case with an order to the instructing judge (istruttore), if the decision on the merits requires the taking of further evidence .

While the case is pending, the Court of Appeal may, on the request of a party , make an order staying enforcement of the award .

Article 831 - Revocation and Third Party Opposition

[ABROGATED: Where no recourse for setting aside may be filed and] Notwithstanding any waiver, the award may be revoked in the cases indicated at Article 395, number 1), 2), 3), and 6) within the time-limit and according to the formalities provided for in Book II.

If the cases mentioned in the first paragraph arise during the setting aside proceedings, the time-limit for filing a request for revocation shall be suspended until notification of the judgment on the setting aside .

The award is subject to third party opposition in the cases indicated in Article 404 .

The request for revocation and third party opposition shall be filed with the Court of Appeal of the district in which the arbitration has its seat .

The Court of Appeal may consolidate setting aside, revocation and third party opposition proceedings, unless the stage reached by the proceedings filed first does not allow an exhaustive discussion of and decision on the other recourses .

Chapter VI - International Arbitration

(This chapter is included for the first time)

Article 832 - International Arbitration

If at the date of signing the arbitration clause or submission to arbitration at least one of the parties has its domicile (residenza) or principal place of business (sede effettiva) abroad, or if a substantial part (parte rilevante) of the obligations arising out of the relationship to which the dispute refers must be performed abroad, the provisions of Chapters I to V of this Title shall apply to arbitration in so far as they are not derogated from by this Chapter.

The provisions of international treaties shall in any case be applicable.

Article 833 - Form of the Arbitration Clause

The arbitration clause contained in general conditions of contract or in standard forms is not subject to the specific approval provided for in Articles 1341 and 1342 of the Civil Code.

The arbitration clause contained in general conditions incorporated into a written agreement between the parties is valid, provided that the parties had knowledge of the clause or should have had such knowledge by using ordinary diligence.

Article 834 - Rules Applicable to the Merits

The parties may agree among themselves upon the rules which the arbitrators shall apply to the merits of the dispute or provide that the arbitrators shall decide ex aequo et bono . If the parties are silent, the law with which the relationship has its closest connection shall apply.

In both cases the arbitrators shall take into account the provisions of the contract and trade usages.

Article 835 - Language of the Arbitration

Unless the parties have provided otherwise, the language of the arbitration is determined by the arbitrators, taking into account the circumstances.

Article 836 - Challenge of the Arbitrators

The challenge of the arbitrators is governed by Article 815, unless the parties have provided otherwise.

Article 837 - Deliberation of the Award

The award shall be deliberated by a majority of the votes of the arbitrators meeting in personal conference or in video conference, unless the parties have provided otherwise, and shall be subsequently set down in writing.

Article 838 - Recourse

Unless the parties have agreed otherwise, the provisions of Article 829, paragraph 2, Article 830, paragraph 2 and Article 831 shall not apply to international arbitration.

Chapter VII - Foreign Awards

Article 839 - Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards

The party wishing to enforce a foreign award in the Republic shall file a petition with the President of the Court of Appeal of the district in which the other party has its domicile; if that party has no domicile in Italy, the Court of Appeal of Rome shall have jurisdiction.

The petitioner shall supply the original award or a certified copy thereof, together with the original arbitration agreement or an equivalent document, or a certified copy thereof.

If the documents specified in the second paragraph are not written in Italian, the petitioner shall in addition produce a certified translation thereof.

The President of the Court of Appeal after having ascertained the formal regularity of the award, shall declare by decree the enforceability of the foreign award in the Republic unless:

1) the subject matter is not capable of settlement by arbitration (la controversia non potesse formare oggetto di compromesso) under Italian law;

2) the award contains provisions contrary to public policy.

Article 840 - Opposition

An opposition may be filed against the decree granting or denying enforcement of the foreign award by filing a writ of summons with the Court of Appeal within thirty days of communication of the decree denying enforcement or notification of the decree granting enforcement.

After the filing of the opposition, the proceedings shall be held in accordance with Article 645 and following in so far as they are applicable. The Court of Appeal decides in a judgment subject to recourse before the Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione).

The Court of Appeal shall refuse the recognition or the enforcement of the foreign award if in the opposition proceedings the party against which the award is invoked proves the existence of one of the following circumstances:

1) the parties to the arbitration agreement were, under the law applicable to them, under some incapacity, or the arbitration agreement is not valid under the law to which the parties have subjected it or, failing any indication thereon, under the law of the State where the award was made;

2) the party against which the award is invoked was not informed of the appointment of the arbitrator or of the arbitration proceedings or was otherwise unable to present its case in the proceedings;

3) the award decided upon a dispute not contemplated in the submission to arbitration or in the arbitration clause, or exceeded the limits of the submission to arbitration or of the arbitration clause; nevertheless, if the decisions in the award which concern questions submitted to arbitration can be separated from those concerning questions not so submitted the first can be recognized and enforced;

4) the composition of the arbitration tribunal or the arbitration proceedings was not in accordance with the agreement of the parties or, failing such an agreement, with the law of the place where the arbitration took place;

5) the award has not yet become binding on the parties or has been set aside or suspended by a competent authority of the State in which, or under the law of which, it was made.

If an application for the setting aside or suspension of the effects of the award has been made to the competent authority indicated at number 5) of the third paragraph, the Court of Appeal may adjourn the decision on the recognition or enforcement of the award; on the request of the party seeking enforcement it may, in the case of suspension, order the other party to give suitable security.

Recognition or enforcement of a foreign award shall be refused also where the Court of Appeal shall ascertain that:

1) the subject matter is not capable of settlement by arbitration (la controversia non potesse formare oggetto di compromesso) under Italian law;

2) the award contains provisions contrary to public policy.

In all cases, the provisions of international treaties shall be applicable.


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