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January 20, 2012

The arbitrator does not have the power to modify an arbitration award that has been judicially confirmed

The arbitrator does not have the power to modify an arbitration award that has been judicially confirmed
Kalyanaram v New York Inst. of Tech., 2012 NY Slip Op 00309, Appellate Division, First Department

The Appellate Division rejected a party to the arbitration assertion that disputes concerning the performance of the remedy provisions of the arbitration award should be determined by the arbitrator as being without merit in this instance.

The court explained that “Since a final arbitration award has been rendered finally resolving the dispute between the parties, and the award has been judicially confirmed (79 AD3d 418 [2010], lv denied 17 NY3d 712 [2011]), a judgment enforceable by the courts has been entered (see CPLR 7514),” the arbitrator is functus officio, “without power to amend or modify the final award.”

Functus officio means "having performed his office." Where, as here, there has been a final judicial determination concerning the matter, the arbitrator no longer has jurisdiction.

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