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2004 Florida Statutes

Section 684.03, Florida Statutes 2004

684.03  Scope of this chapter.--

(1)  This chapter shall only apply to the arbitration of disputes between:

(a)  Two or more persons at least one of whom is a nonresident of the United States; or

(b)  Two or more persons all of whom are residents of the United States if the dispute:

1.  Involves property located outside the United States;

2.  Relates to a contract or other agreement which envisages performance or enforcement in whole or in part outside the United States;

3.  Involves an investment outside the United States or the ownership, management, or operation of a business entity through which such an investment is effected, or any agreement pertaining to any interest in such an entity; or

4.  Bears some other relation to one or more foreign countries.

(2)  Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), this chapter shall not apply to the arbitration of:

(a)  Any dispute pertaining to the ownership, use, development, or possession of, or a lien of record upon, real property located in this state, unless the parties in writing expressly submit the arbitration of that dispute to this chapter; or

(b)  Any dispute involving domestic relations or of a political nature between two or more governments.

(3)  If, in any arbitration within the scope of this chapter, reference must, under applicable conflict of laws principles, be made to the arbitration law of this state, such reference shall be to this chapter.

(4)  This chapter shall not apply to conciliation or mediation proceedings except as provided in s. 684.10

History.--s. 1, ch. 86-266.