Contracts are agreements that set conditions and are intended to hold each party to account. They normally need to be signed by both the sender and receiver to activate the terms of the agreement, show that they accept the terms of the contract and make them valid, although there are some forms of contracts that do not necessarily have to be signed for a court to find the contract valid. This article will explain why contracts should be signed or not and will attempt to answer the following question: does a contract have to be signed by both parties? These surrounding circumstances may include the conduct of the parties as well as correspondence and other words used. The surrounding circumstances should not be isolated, but in the light of all other communications – the parties might not be able to resolve the dispute over whether or not there is no binding agreement by trying to draw a discreet offer and acceptance from the oral or written exchange.  I had a trial before three panel members. Two of the panel members refused to sign the decision resulting from the hearing, so the chair signed on their behalf. Is the decision still legal if two out of three panel members refused to sign? Mr. Honour agreed with the trial judge that the fact that a subsequent meeting was required to prepare a document to be sent to the plaintiff`s CEO for signature meant that no agreement had been reached at the first meeting.