78. The arbitrator shall proceed to the arbitration with assessors unless, within fifteen days of his appointment, the parties reach an agreement to the contrary.
Each party shall designate, within fifteen days of the appointment of the arbitrator, an assessor to assist the arbitrator and represent it during the hearing of the dispute and the deliberation. If a party fails to designate an assessor within the prescribed time, the arbitrator may proceed in the absence of that party’s assessor.
He may proceed in the absence of an assessor who does not attend after having been duly convened.
R. S. 1964, c. 141, s. 66; 1969, c. 47, s. 34; 1977, c. 5, s. 14; 1983, c. 22, s. 34.