The advantages of using adjudication to resolve construction disputes pursuant to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (NZ)

Journal article | June 2021 | Available for purchase & free for members


In New Zealand parties to a construction contract have the benefit of a number of dispute resolution options from which they can choose. Determination of smaller disputes up to $30,000 NZD are available via the Disputes Tribunal.1 However if the disputes sum exceeds this amount, then this option is unavailable. It begs the question then, what is available? And does it actually work in practice? This article looks at adjudication as a dispute resolution method and discusses its advantages and disadvantages.

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We thank the author of this article Anthony Fawcett and the journal editor Russell Thirgood for their contribution to this journal.

Tags: Building, New Zealand, Adjudication