[11th March, 1940]

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to Arbitration.
Preamble : Whereas it is expedient to consolidate and amend the law relating to Arbitration in Pakistan. It is hereby enacted as follows:-

CHAPTER 1 Introductory 

Short title, extent and commencement:

This Act maybe called the Arbitration Act, 1940.
It extends to the whole of Pakistan.
It shall come into force on the 1st day of July, 1940.


In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-
“arbitration agreement” means a written agreement to submit present or future differences to arbitration, whether an arbitrator is named therein or not

“award” means an arbitration award;

“Court” means a Civil Court having jurisdiction to decide the question forming the subject-matter of reference if the same had been the subject-matter of a suit, but does not, except for the purpose of arbitration proceedings under Section 21, include a Small Cause Court;

“legal representative” means a person who in law represents the estate of a deceased person, and includes any person who intermeddles with the estate of the deceased, and, where a party acts in a representative character, the person on whom the estate devolves on the death of the party so acting;

“reference” means a reference to arbitration.




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