LMAR 2.3 - Assignment to Arbitrator

SUPEROR COURT CIVIL ARBITRATION RULE 2.3

ASSIGNMENT TO ARBITRATOR

   (a) Generally, Stipulations.  When a case is set for arbitration, a list of five proposed arbitrators will be furnished to the parties. A master list of arbitrators will be made available on request. The parties are encouraged to stipulate to an arbitrator using a form prescribed by the Court (please find the form at www.cowlitzsuperiorcourt.us).  In the absence of a stipulation, the arbitrator will be chosen from among the five proposed arbitrators in the manner defined by this rule.

   (b) Response by Parties.  Each party may, within fourteen (14) days after a list of proposed arbitrators has been furnished to the parties, nominate up to two (2) arbitrators and strike up to two (2) arbitrators from the list.  If both parties respond, an arbitrator nominated by both parties will be appointed. If no arbitrator has been nominated by either party, a judge will appoint an arbitrator from among those not stricken.

   (c) Response by Only One Party.  If only one party responds within fourteen (14) days, a judge will appoint an arbitrator nominated by that party.

   (d) No Response.  If neither party responds within fourteen (14) days, a judge will appoint one of the five proposed arbitrators.

   (e) Additional Arbitrators for Additional Parties.  If there are more than two (2) adverse parties, all represented by different attorneys, two (2) additional proposed arbitrators shall be added to the list for each additional party so represented with the above principles of selection to be applied.

[Effective September 1, 2011; amended September 1, 2012; amended September 1, 2019; amended September 1, 2020]

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