2011 ORS § 36.400¹
Mandatory arbitration programs

(1) A mandatory arbitration program is established in each circuit court.

(2) Rules consistent with ORS 36.400 (Mandatory arbitration programs) to 36.425 (Filing of decision and award) to govern the operation and procedure of an arbitration program established under this section may be made in the same manner as other rules applicable to the court and are subject to the approval of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

(3) Each circuit court shall require arbitration under ORS 36.400 (Mandatory arbitration programs) to 36.425 (Filing of decision and award) in matters involving $50,000 or less.

(4) ORS 36.400 (Mandatory arbitration programs) to 36.425 (Filing of decision and award) do not apply to appeals from a county, justice or municipal court or actions in the small claims department of a circuit court. Actions transferred from the small claims department of a circuit court by reason of a request for a jury trial under ORS 46.455 (Admission or denial of claim), by reason of the filing of a counterclaim in excess of the jurisdiction of the small claims department under ORS 46.461 (Counterclaims), or for any other reason, shall be subject to ORS 36.400 (Mandatory arbitration programs) to 36.425 (Filing of decision and award) to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as a case initially filed in circuit court. The arbitrator shall not allow any party to appear or participate in the arbitration proceeding after the transfer unless the party pays the arbitrator fee established by court rule or the party obtains a waiver or deferral of the fee from the court and provides a copy of the waiver or deferral to the arbitrator. The failure of a party to appear or participate in the arbitration proceeding by reason of failing to pay the arbitrator fee or obtain a waiver or deferral of the fee does not affect the ability of the party to appeal the arbitrators decision and award in the manner provided by ORS 36.425 (Filing of decision and award). [Formerly 33.350; 1993 c.482 §1; 1995 c.618 §10; 1995 c.658 §30a; 1997 c.46 §§3,4; 2005 c.274 §1]