106 The mini-trial

The mini-trial is usually chaired by the neutral adviser, who will ensure that the participants keep to the agreed procedure1 and timetable. The procedure resembles a trial, but without the rigid rules, so the parties can tailor the itinerary to suit their specific needs. A typical structure would be as follows:

  1. 106.1

        opening talk by the neutral adviser to confirm the rules and procedures;

  2. 106.2

        presentation of the first party’s case by its legal counsel, providing a summary of the evidence and legal submissions;

  3. 106.3

        summary of the technical position by the first party’s expert;

  4. 106.4

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