The purpose of arbitration of civil actions under RCW 7.06 as implemented by the Superior Court Civil Arbitration Rules (SCCAR) is to provide a simplified and economical procedure for obtaining the prompt and equitable resolution of disputes involving claims of $100,000 or less. Claims in which the sole relief sought is the establishment, modification, or termination of maintenance or child support payments shall not be subject to Superior Court civil arbitration. The Superior Court Civil Arbitration Rules as supplemented by these local rules are not designed to address every question which may arise during the arbitration process, and the rules give considerable discretion to the arbitrator. The arbitrator should not hesitate to be informal and expeditious, consistent with the purpose of the statute and rules.
[Adopted effective September 1, 2011; amended September 1, 2018; amended September 1, 2019; amended September 1, 2020]