Submitting Statutes as Evidence

Image of blocks spelling out FACTSubmitting evidence is vital to supporting arguments raised in arbitration. Supporting evidence elevates arguments from a place of opinion to where the arbitrator will now consider the argument as fact.

When submitting statutes into evidence, consider the following:
  • Submit the statute into evidence. The arbitrator needs to verify what is argued in the contentions and that it is accurate. Do not simply copy and paste the statute text into the contentions alone.
  • Link the evidence to the specific argument it supports.
    Example:
    Respondent made a left turn without yielding to oncoming traffic in violation of New York State VTL 1141 - “Vehicle turning left: The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.” Refer to complete statute submitted as evidence.


Article published in: December 2018 E-Bulletin