LMAR 3.2 Authority of Arbitrators a) An arbitrator has the authority to: 1) Determine the time, place and procedure to present a motion before the arbitrator. 2) Require a party or attorney, advising such party, 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 on each party. The aggrieved party shall have 10 days thereafter to appeal the award of such expense in accordance with the procedure described in RCW 2.24.050. If, within 10 days after the award is filed no party appeals, a judgment shall be entered in manner described generally under MAR 6.3. 3) Award attorney fees, as authorized by these rules, by a contract or by law. 4) Decide the location for the arbitration hearing. b) Arbitrators shall have immunity to the same extent as provided for superior court judges in Washington State.
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