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See SCCAR 3.2(a)(1)-(9).  In addition to the authority granted to arbitrators by SCCAR 3.2 (a), an arbitrator has the authority to:

    (a) Determine the time, place and procedure to present a motion before the arbitrator.
    (b) Require a party or attorney or both to pay the reasonable expenses, including attorney fees, caused by the failure of such party or attorney or both to obey an order of the arbitrator unless the arbitrator finds that the failure was substantially justified or that other circumstances make an award of expenses unjust.  The arbitrator shall make a special award for such expenses and shall file such award with the Clerk of the Superior Court, with proof of service of a party on each party.  The aggrieved party shall have ten days thereafter to appeal the award of such expense in accordance with the procedures described in RCW 2.24.050.  If within ten days after the award is filed no party appeals, a judgment shall be entered in a manner described generally under SCCAR 6.3.
    (c) See SCCAR 3.2 for the relationship between the arbitrator’s and judge’s authority over a case in arbitration.  

[Amended effective January 1, 1990; September 1, 1992; September 1, 2009; September 1, 2012; September 20, 2020.]