2 Transfer to Arbitration and Assignment of Arbitrator
MAR 2.1: TRANSFER TO ARBITRATION
The point at which a case is transferred to arbitration and the procedures for accomplishing the transfer to an arbitration calendar shall be established by local rule adopted in accordance with rule 8.2.
MAR 2.2: COURT MAY DETERMINE ARBITRABILITY
The court may, on its own motion or on motion of a party, determine whether a case is actually subject to arbitration under RCW 7.06.020 and rule 1.2 and may accordingly order a case transferred to or from the arbitration calendar. Only in extraordinary circumstances after a case has been assigned to an arbitrator under rule 2.3 will the court order a case returned from the arbitration calendar to the trial calendar.
(b) Effect on Right To Appeal.
If a party asserts a claim which disqualifies a case for arbitration but the court nevertheless orders a transfer to arbitration under section (a), any party is deemed aggrieved under rule 7.1 if the arbitrator awards less than the party's original claim.
MAR 2.3: ASSIGNMENT TO ARBITRATOR
The parties may select an arbitrator by stipulation. If an arbitrator is not chosen by stipulation within 14 days after a case has been placed on the arbitration calendar, the court shall promptly select an arbitrator and notify the arbitrator and the parties of the assignment. The case is deemed assigned for purposes of rule 1.3 upon the final selection of the arbitrator under this rule.
(b) Communication With Potential Arbitrator Restricted.
The restrictions on communication defined by rule 4.1 apply to communication with a person under consideration as a possible arbitrator in a case.