Section 2 – Key terms
22.Section 2 explains certain important terms used in the Act. These include:
“Arbitration” – The Act and Scottish Arbitration Rules will apply to domestic arbitration, cross-border arbitration between parties in the different jurisdictions of the UK and international arbitrations whose seat is in Scotland. Section 10 (suspending legal proceedings) and section 12 (enforcement) also extend more widely.
“Dispute” – The definition is inclusive rather than exclusive and may include disputes other than the kinds mentioned. A “dispute” for the purposes of the Act generally and section 10 on the suspension (or “sisting”) of legal proceedings in particular, includes a refusal to accept a claim, for instance even if it can be claimed that the matters in question are indisputable or beyond dispute. It also includes any other difference, contractual or otherwise.