Answer ... Under Section 19(3) of the Arbitration Act, the arbitral proceedings are private. Under Section 6(1) of the Arbitration Act, arbitrators are bound by a duty of confidentiality. By contrast, the parties to the arbitral proceedings and witnesses are not bound by such a duty.
Answer ... The arbitrators may be relieved from their duty of confidentiality upon the parties’ joint agreement. In addition, where there are serious grounds to do so, a presiding judge of the district court can relieve the arbitrators from their duty of confidentiality upon the request of arbitrator, a party or a person with an interest in obtaining confidential information (eg, authorities pursuing criminal proceedings). The Arbitration Act is silent on which grounds are deemed to constitute serious grounds; legal commentary suggests that these are grounds for which an award could be set aside by the court.