Polish Supreme Court judgment dated 10 May 2021 Case No. I CSKP 64/21
1. [I]n case of an arbitral tribunal dismissed by a separate order, a plea raised by a party that the arbitral tribunal did not have jurisdiction in a dispute or a demand of the opposing party asserted during the course of the proceeding exceeds the scope of the arbitration agreement (Art. 1180 § 2 of the PCPC), a state court’s review of the legitimacy of this position can take place only in the manner provided for in the Art. 1180 § 3 of the PCPC… .
2. A valid state court’s order confirming jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal, delivered in accordance with Art. 1180 § 3 of the PCPC, is binding in the proceedings regarding a petition to set aside an arbitration award… and excludes the possibility of re-examination of the issue of the arbitration agreement… .
3. If, pursuant to Art. 1180 § 3 of the PCPC, a state court has validly dismissed a motion for declaration that the arbitral tribunal does not have jurisdiction to settle the dispute, such a ruling binds the state court in the case of setting aside of the arbitration award in such a way that if there are no new facts which may justify the expiration of the effect of the arbitration agreement after the state court has delivered its ruling pursuant to Art. 1180 § 3 of the PCPC, a party cannot effectively rely on non-existence of the arbitration agreement (Art. 1206 § 1 point 1 of the PCPC).
4. Submitting an arbitration award on lack of jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal to review by a two-instance state court also fully satisfies the parties’ right to court and the right to have the case heard in two-instance proceedings… .
Publication date: 10-05-2021 | Case no.: I CSKP 64/21Key issues: jurisdiction of arbitral tribunal, petition to set aside arbitration award