(a) The division will maintain, in random name order, lists of qualified arbitrators established by the division. Not later than the 30th day after an election to engage in arbitration is filed, an arbitrator will be assigned from the appropriate list. Each party will be notified immediately either personally or by certified mail.
(b) Assignment from the list of arbitrators shall be from the top of the list. When the list has been exhausted by assignment of each arbitrator to a case, the list will be randomly reordered.
(c) Each party to the arbitration proceeding is entitled to one rejection of an assigned arbitrator and must exercise such rejection not later than the third day following receipt of notification of an arbitrator’s assignment. Once a rejection is exercised, the next arbitrator from the top of the list will be assigned.
(d) A rejection exercised by a party must be:
(1) in writing;
(2) signed by the party or authorized representative;
(3) personally delivered, sent by certified mail or electronic transmission, not later than the third day following receipt of notice of an arbitrator’s assignment, to the division’s chief clerk of proceedings with a copy to all parties.
The provisions of this §144.6 adopted to be effective December 31, 1991, 16 TexReg 7358; amended to be effective May 31, 2012, 37 TexReg 3856.