Can a matter relating to obtaining probate of a Will executed by person be referred to Arbitrator?
Ans. No, Probate proceedings cannot be referred to Arbitration. The probate court (whether it is the District Court or High Court) has been granted and conferred with exclusive jurisdiction to grant probate of a Will of the deceased. The Probate granted by a court is a judgment in “rem” and is conclusion and binding not only on the parties but also on the entire world. As such the parties cannot by mutual consent refer a probate regarding Will to Arbitration.