parties to the arbitration proceeding before the hearing and,
among other matters, determine the admissibility, relevance,
materiality and weight of any evidence.
(b) Summary disposition.--An arbitrator may decide a request
for summary disposition of a claim or particular issue:
(1) if all interested parties agree; or
(2) upon request of one party to the arbitration
proceeding if that party gives notice to all other parties to
the proceeding and if the other parties have a reasonable
opportunity to respond.
(c) Notice and hearing.--If an arbitrator orders a hearing,
the arbitrator shall set a time and place and give notice of the
hearing not less than five days before the hearing begins.
Unless a party to the arbitration proceeding makes an objection
to lack or insufficiency of notice not later than the beginning
of the hearing, the party's appearance at the hearing waives the
objection. Upon request of a party to the arbitration proceeding
and for good cause shown, or upon the arbitrator's own
initiative, the arbitrator may adjourn the hearing as necessary
but may not postpone the hearing to a time later than that fixed
by the agreement to arbitrate for making the award unless the
parties to the arbitration proceeding consent to a later date.
The arbitrator may hear and decide the controversy upon the
evidence produced although a party who was notified of the
arbitration proceeding did not appear. The court, on request,
may direct the arbitrator to conduct the hearing promptly and
render a timely decision.
(d) Procedure.--At a hearing under subsection (c), a party
to the arbitration proceeding has a right to be heard, to
present evidence material to the controversy and to cross-
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