1 Scope and Purpose of Rules
MAR 1.1: APPLICATION OF RULES
These arbitration rules apply to mandatory arbitration of civil actions under RCW 7.06. These rules do not apply to arbitration by private agreement or to arbitration under other statutes, except by stipulation under rule 8.1.
MAR 1.2: MATTERS SUBJECT TO ARBITRATION
A civil action, other than an appeal from a court of limited jurisdiction, is subject to arbitration under these rules if the action is at issue in a superior court in a county which has authorized mandatory arbitration under RCW 7.06, if
(1) the action is subject to mandatory arbitration as provided in RCW 7.06,
(2) all parties, for purposes of arbitration only, waive claims in excess of the amount authorized by RCW 7.06, exclusive of attorney fees, interest and costs, or
(3) the parties have stipulated to arbitration pursuant to rule 8.1.
MAR 1.3: RELATIONSHIP TO SUPERIOR COURT JURISDICTION AND OTHER RULES
(a) Superior Court Jurisdiction.
A case filed in the superior court remains under the jurisdiction of the superior court in all stages of the proceeding, including arbitration. Except for the authority expressly given to the arbitrator by these rules, all issues shall be determined by the court.
(b) Which Rules Apply.
(1) Generally. Until a case is assigned to the arbitrator under rule 2.3, the rules of civil procedure apply. After a case is assigned to the arbitrator, these arbitration rules apply except where an arbitration rule states that a civil rule applies.
(2) Service. After a case is assigned to an arbitrator, all pleadings and other papers shall be served in accordance with CR 5 and filed with the arbitrator.
(3) Time. Time shall be computed in accordance with CR 6(a) and (e).
(4) Voluntary Dismissal. The arbitrator shall have the power to dismiss an action, under the same conditions and with the same effect as set forth in CR 41(a), at any time prior to the filing of an award.