N.J. Admin. Code § 7:1J-9.3 - Membership of Board

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) In the administrator's discretion, the board of arbitration shall consist of either three individuals, or one individual.
(b) The arbitrator for a one-member board shall be selected by one of the following methods, in the administrator's discretion:
1. Selection by the administrator;
2. Selection by agreement of the claimant and any potentially responsible parties, with the consent of the administrator; or
3. Selection by the American Arbitration Association.
(c) Membership of a three-member board shall be as follows:
1. One member appointed by the potentially responsible party, provided however, that if the administrator has not identified a potentially responsible party for the discharge, the administrator shall request the American Arbitration Association to select the member who would otherwise be appointed by a potentially responsible party;
2. One member appointed by the claimant; and
3. One member appointed by the members listed in (c)1 and 2 above. This member shall serve as chairman of the board.
(d) The claimant and the potentially responsible party each shall make the appointments required by (c) above within 30 days after each such person has received notice that a board will be convened. If either the potentially responsible party or the claimant fails to appoint a member within the allotted 30-day period, the administrator shall request the American Arbitration Association to select that member, and said member and the other member shall select the neutral arbitrator; provided however, that if both the claimant and the potentially responsible party fail to appoint a member within the allotted 30-day period, the administrator shall request the American Arbitration Association to select both members, and said members shall select the neutral arbitrator. Within 30 days after the appointment of the second of the members selected pursuant to (c)1 and (c)2 above, such members shall make the appointment required by (c)3 above. If such members fail to appoint the third arbitrator within such time period, the administrator shall request the American Arbitration Association to select the neutral arbitrator.
(e) Before the appointment of any person appointed as arbitrator becomes effective, the appointee shall disclose to the administrator any circumstance likely to affect the arbitrator's impartiality, including without limitation any bias or any financial or personal interest in the result of the arbitration or any past or present relationship with any of the parties or any of their representatives. Upon receipt of such information from the appointee, the administrator shall communicate the information to the parties and to the board. Upon receipt of such information from a source other than the appointee, the administrator shall communicate the information to the appointee, to the parties and to the board.
(f) The selection of an arbitrator by a potentially responsible party shall not be construed as an admission of liability by any such person.
(g) Before proceeding with the first hearing, each arbitrator shall take the following oath of office:

I hereby solemnly swear to fairly, impartially and faithfully execute my duties as an arbitrator in accordance with the Spill Compensation and Control Act, and all other applicable laws and regulations.

(h) The administrator may declare the position of an arbitrator to be vacant, if presented with sufficient proof to reasonably support the conclusion that a member of the board has become unable to perform the duties of the office. A substitute member shall be appointed in accordance with this section, unless the administrator and the parties consent to proceed without a substitute member.

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N.J. Admin. Code § 7:1J-9.3

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