587. Hearings of arbitration claims.

The general rule that a hearing is to be in public1 does not apply2 to arbitration claims3 where the court may order that an arbitration claim be heard either in public or in private4. Subject to any order so made, the determination of a preliminary point of law5, or an appeal on a question of law arising out of an award6, will be heard in public7 and all other arbitration claims will be heard in private8.

Having regard to the overriding objective9 the court may decide particular issues without a hearing