(a) Unless the parties otherwise agree in writing that part or all of an award shall not be confirmed by the court, upon a party’s application, the court shall confirm an award, except when within time limits imposed under G.S. 50‑54 through G.S. 50‑56 grounds are urged for vacating or modifying or correcting the award, in which case the court shall proceed as provided in G.S. 50‑54 through G.S. 50‑56.
(b) The court may award costs, as provided in G.S. 50‑51(f), of the application and subsequent proceedings. (1999‑185, s. 1; 2003‑61, s. 1; 2005‑187, s. 12.)