(a) Stipulation to continuance; consent of arbitrator.
Except as provided in (c), the parties may stipulate to a continuance in the case, with the consent of the assigned arbitrator. An arbitrator must consent to a request for a continuance if it appears that good cause exists. Notice of the continuance must be sent to the ADR administrator.
(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2004; previously amended effective January 1, 1984, and January 1, 1992.)
(b) Court grant of continuance.
If the arbitrator declines to give consent to a continuance, upon the motion of a party and for good cause shown, the court may grant a continuance of the arbitration hearing. In the event the court grants the motion, the party who requested the continuance must notify the arbitrator and the arbitrator must reschedule the hearing, giving notice to all parties to the arbitration proceeding.
(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2007; previously amended effective July 1, 1979, and January 1, 2004.)
(c) Limitation on length of continuance.
An arbitration hearing must not be continued to a date later than 90 days after the assignment of the case to the arbitrator, including any time due to continuances granted under this rule, except by order of the court upon the motion of a party as provided in (b).
(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2004; previously amended effective January 1, 1991 and January 1, 1994.)
Rule 3.818 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as rule 1607 effective July 1, 1976; previously amended effective July 1, 1979, January 1, 1984, January 1, 1991, January 1, 1992, and January 1, 1994; previously amended and renumbered as rule 1608 effective January 1, 2004;