CIVIL ARBITRATION


Does my case require Civil Arbitration?

Under statute, court cases must go through arbitration if:

  • the case is filed in Superior Court;

  • all parties have been joined to the lawsuit, and all claims, counterclaims, and cross-claims have been answered;

  • it is a civil case that is not an appeal from a municipal or district court;

  • the plaintiff is asking for only money damages; and

  • no claim is for over $100,000, except for attorney's fees, interest, or costs, or else all parties waive claims above $100,000.

(RCW 7.06.020, MAR 1.2, LMAR 1.1)

Cases may also have to go to arbitration if the parties agreed on arbitration, for instance in a contract.  The Civil Arbitration Rules (see below) apply only to cases that require arbitration under Chapter 7.06 RCW.

Is there a fee for Civil Arbitration?

Yes, a fee of $220 is required before the case will be transferred to arbitration.

When should I transfer the case to Civil Arbitration?

A party should file and serve a “Notice of Arbitration Setting and Statement of Arbitrability” form:

--after all parties have been joined,

--after all claims, counterclaims and cross-claims have been answered and

--at least ten days before the trial scheduling date.

How do I transfer the case to Civil Arbitration?

A party should file and serve a “Notice of Arbitration Setting and Statement of Arbitrability” form. The Notice of Arbitration Setting and Statement of Arbitrability schedules the matter the calendar for an administrative review only.   

No one needs to show up at the hearing date.

  Notice of Arbitration Setting and Statement of Arbitrability   Notice of Arbitration Setting and Statement of Arbitrability form

How do I object to Civil Arbitration?

If you do not agree to arbitration, you must file and serve an objection before the date listed above. You must also schedule a hearing for your objection on the assigned judge’s civil motion calendar within 14 days of objecting. Review Local MAR 2.1 for more information..
 

Litigants: Where can I view the Panel of Arbitrators?
Attorneys: How can I become an Arbitrator?

In accordance with state statute, attorneys who have practiced in Washington for five years or more are qualified to serve on the panel of arbitrators.  To become an Arbitrator, please complete and return an Arbitrator Profile and Oath to the address listed below.  To view the current panel of arbitrators with brief biographies, click here.
 

CIVIL ARBITRATION FORMS FOR LITIGANTS:

Note for Arbitration    
Response to Statement of Arbitrability    
Stipulation to Arbitrator    
Available Hearing Dates    
Request for Trial do Novo and Seal Award (updated 10/13)    

CIVIL ARBITRATION FORMS FOR ARBITRATORS:

Notice of Arbitration Hearing Date    
Order of Continuance of Arbitration Hearing Date    
Arbitration Settlement and Removal from Arbitration Calendar    
Arbitration Award    
Arbitrator's Request for Compensation    
Arbitrator Profile and Oath    

Mailing Address/Contact Information

Arbitration Department

Thurston County Superior Court

2000 Lakeridge Dr SW Bldg 2

Olympia WA 98502

 arbitrationcoordinator@co.thurston.wa.us