An accounts arbitration board is set up to study and render a decision on disputes between a client and geologist about professional fees claimed. The Council acts in application of the Regulation respecting the conciliation and arbitration procedure for the accounts of geologists.
If no agreement is reached at the end of the conciliation process, the person who requested conciliation has 30 days from the date of receiving the syndic's report to apply for arbitration. This person is therefore to complete the application for arbitration form and send it to the secretary of the Order.
The application for arbitration is heard by a bench made up of one to three persons, depending on the amounts involved. At least 10 days before the hearing date, the secretary notifies the parties, i.e. the client and the Geologist (or his company), of the date, time and location of the hearing, as well as the name of the arbitrators. Both parties must attend the hearing.
The arbitrators may maintain or reduce the disputed fees. The decisions rendered by the Arbitration Council are final and without recourse and binding on the parties.
The Administrative council appoints the member or members of the arbitration board from among members of the Order. If the arbitration board is made up of three arbitrators, the Administrative council designates the chairperson and secretary.
- Michel Maeyens, géo
- Marc Bardoux, géo