Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Arbiter Definition:

An alternate term for arbitrator; preferred in some jurisdictions such as Scotland.

Related Terms: Arbitration

Same as arbitrator; the presiding and deciding officer(s) of an arbitration.

Scotland has a few twists in alternative dispute resolution terminology.

Preferring arbiter to arbitrator is one; using the term oversman (umpire) is another.

Some translation of Roman law documents, such as the Twelve Tables, defer to this spelling as well: arbiter. The Romans used the word arbiter interchangeably with judex to refer to the office of judge in early Roman law.

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