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UNIFORM ARBITRATION ACT OF 2000

NRS 38.229  Immunity of arbitrator; competency to testify; attorney’s fees and costs.

      1.  An arbitrator or an arbitral organization acting in that capacity is immune from civil liability to the same extent as a judge of a court of this State acting in a judicial capacity.

      2.  The immunity afforded by this section supplements any immunity under other law.

      3.  The failure of an arbitrator to make a disclosure required by NRS 38.227 does not cause any loss of immunity under this section.

      4.  In a judicial, administrative or similar proceeding, an arbitrator or representative of an arbitral organization is not competent to testify, and may not be required to produce records as to any statement, conduct, decision or ruling occurring during the arbitral proceeding, to the same extent as a judge of a court of this State acting in a judicial capacity. This subsection does not apply:

      (a) To the extent necessary to determine the claim of an arbitrator, arbitral organization or representative of the arbitral organization against a party to the arbitral proceeding; or

      (b) To a hearing on a motion to vacate an award under paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection 1 of NRS 38.241 if the movant establishes prima facie that a ground for vacating the award exists.

      5.  If a person commences a civil action against an arbitrator, arbitral organization or representative of an arbitral organization arising from the services of the arbitrator, organization or representative or if a person seeks to compel an arbitrator or a representative of an arbitral organization to testify or produce records in violation of subsection 4, and the court decides that the arbitrator, arbitral organization or representative is immune from civil liability or that the arbitrator or representative is not competent to testify, the court shall award to the arbitrator, organization or representative reasonable attorney’s fees and other reasonable expenses of litigation.

      (Added to NRS by 2001, 1278)

About the Author

Jay Young is a Las Vegas, Nevada attorney. His practice focuses on business law, business litigation, and acting as an Arbitrator and Mediator.

Mr. Young can be reached at 702.667.4868 or at jay@h2law.com.