CIDD is a Dispute Determination/Arbitration process and provides a confidential private means to resolve disputes whether within a company or between contacting parties in relation to general contract matters, intellectual property, and technology. This means your dispute stays between the parties concerned and is not made public knowledge. We provide this service to Channel Island clients and to English clients (and to anyone else wishing to use our service, subject to certain restrictions). This is known as our CoIPTA service.
We also provide a non-private lighter weight domain dispute policy for .gg and .je domain names. Please note that the domain dispute policy has separate rules from these rules. This is our UDRP Service.
In relation to all of our dispute resolution services:
(i) if a single arbitration, the arbitrator is a qualified barrister or solicitor having at least 10 years experience post-qualification; or
(ii) if multiple arbitrators are appointed (such as experts in technology), the Arbitral Chair shall be a qualified barrister or solicitor having at least 10 years experience post-qualification.
The Secretariat is staffed by a qualified lawyer.
How do I use the service:
For CoIPTA, both parties must agree. This can be by any agreement, submission or reference howsoever made or evidenced in writing (whether signed or not)
- a contractual obligation
- before the dispute arises
- post-dispute (often when the parties realise how much court cases cost).
If your contract provides for alternative dispute process, in whatsoever manner, then Dispute Determination/Arbitration under the rules of or by the CIDD or the Channel Islands Dispute Determination Body, is probably appropriate.
Agreement to CIDD can be express (where the parties have agreed in writing that any Dispute Determination/Arbitration between them shall be conducted in accordance with these CIDD COTIPA Rules)
Agreement to CIDD can be implied (where your contract provides for alternative dispute process and both parties agree to use CIDD).
Agreement can be made after a dispute arises to save court costs and the attendant publicity of a decision in COurt.
For the CIDD COTIPA Rules click here