2A:23B-1 Definitions relative to arbitration after 2002.
1.Definitions. For the purposes of this act:
"Arbitration organization" means an association, agency, board, commission or other entity that is neutral and initiates, sponsors or administers an arbitration proceeding or is involved in the appointment of an arbitrator.
"Arbitrator" means an individual appointed either as a neutral arbitrator or as a party arbitrator to render an award, alone or with others, in a controversy that is subject to an agreement to arbitrate.
"Court" means the Superior Court of New Jersey.
"Court rules" means the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey.
"Knowledge" means actual knowledge.
"Person" means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, government; governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality; public corporation; or any other legal or commercial entity.
"Record" means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.
a.Except as otherwise provided in this act, a person gives notice to another person by taking action that is reasonably necessary to inform the other person in ordinary course, whether or not the other person acquires knowledge of the notice.
b.A person has notice if the person has knowledge of the notice or has received notice.
c.A person receives notice when it comes to the person's attention or the notice is delivered at the person's place of residence or place of business, or at another location held out by the person as a place of delivery of such a notice.
2A:23B-3 When act applies.
3.When Act Applies.
a.This act governs all agreements to arbitrate made on or after January 1, 2003 with the exception of an arbitration between an employer and a duly elected representative of employees under a collective bargaining agreement or collectively negotiated agreement.
b.This act governs an agreement to arbitrate made before January 1, 2003 if all the parties to the agreement or to the arbitration proceeding so agree in a record with the exception of an arbitration between an employer and a duly elected representative of employees under a collective bargaining agreement or collectively negotiated agreement.
c.On or after January 1, 2005, this act governs an agreement to arbitrate whenever made with the exception of an arbitration between an employer and a duly elected representative of employees under a collective bargaining agreement or collectively negotiated agreement.
d.This act shall not apply to agreements to arbitrate made before July 4, 1923.
2A:23B-4 Effect of agreement to arbitrate; nonwaivable provisions.
4.Effect of Agreement to Arbitrate; Nonwaivable Provisions.
a.Except as otherwise provided in subsections b. and c. of this section, a party to an agreement to arbitrate or to an arbitration proceeding may waive or, the parties may vary the effect of, the requirements of this act to the extent permitted by law.
b.Before a controversy that is subject to an agreement to arbitrate arises, a party to the agreement may not:
(1)waive or agree to vary the effect of the requirements of section 5a., 6a., 8, 17a., 17b., 26, or 28 of this act;
(2)agree to unreasonably restrict the right to notice of the initiation of an arbitration proceeding pursuant to section 9 of this act;
(3)agree to unreasonably restrict the right to disclosure of any facts by an arbitrator pursuant to section 12 of this act; or
(4)waive the right of a party to an agreement to arbitrate to be represented by a lawyer pursuant to section 16 of this act at any proceeding or hearing pursuant to this act.
c.A party to an agreement to arbitrate or arbitration proceeding may not waive, or the parties may not vary the effect of, the requirements of this section or section 3a., 3c., 7, 14, 18, 20d., 20e., 22, 23, 24, 25a., 25b., 29, 30, 34 or 35. Provided however, that nothing in this act shall preclude the parties from expanding the scope of judicial review of an award by expressly providing for such expansion in a record.
2A:23B-5 Application for judicial relief.
5.Application for Judicial Relief.
a.Except as otherwise provided in section 28 of this act, an application for judicial relief pursuant to this act shall be made upon commencement of a summary action with the court and heard in the manner provided for in such matters by the applicable court rules.
b.Unless a civil action involving the agreement to arbitrate is pending, notice of commencement of a summary action pursuant to this act shall be served in the manner provided by the court rules for serving process in summary actions.