RULE 3.1 QUALIFICATIONS (a) Arbitration Panel. There shall be a panel of arbitrators in such numbers as the administrative committee may from time to time determine. A person desiring to serve as an arbitrator shall complete an application on a form prescribed by the court. A copy of said application of a person appointed as an arbitrator will be available upon request by any party and will be mailed to a requesting party at the party's own expense. The oath of office on the form prescribed by the court must be completed and filed prior to an appointed applicant being placed on the panel. An arbitrator must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association and have been admitted to the bar for a minimum of five years or be a retired judge. (b) Refusal: Disqualification. The appointment of an arbitrator is subject to the right of that person to refuse to serve. An arbitrator must notify the presiding judge or designee immediately if refusing to serve or if any cause exists for the arbitrator's disqualification from the case upon any of the grounds of interest, relationship, bias or prejudice set forth in CJC Canon 3 governing the disqualification of judges. If disqualified, the arbitrator must immediately return all materials in a case to the presiding judge or designee.
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