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New Mandatory Arbitration Limits

Updated: Aug 9, 2018

August 2, 2018 by Peter M. Ritchie - Arbitration //


Governor Inslee signed HB 1128 (Mandatory Arbitration) in full on March 13. The website for the measure indicates that the bill will become effective on Sept. 1, 2018. Most bills become effective 90 days following the close of the session in which they are passed, but the effective date for court rules is 9/1 and somehow that has become the deadline for the counties to determine what limits they will go to, within their rule making cycle.


Mandatory Arbitration (also known as MAR) is required in counties with a population of more than 100,000. In counties with populations of less than 100,000 the county’s legislative authority can authorize MAR or the superior court judges can authorize it by majority vote of the county’s superior court judges. To move up to the $100,000 threshold a vote of 2/3rd’s of the county’s superior court judges is necessary.


August 2, 2018 by Peter M. Ritchie - Arbitration


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Peter Ritchie is a partner at Meyer, Fluegge & Tenney, P.S.