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Screening for bias; communication with arbitrator candidates
Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) CHAPTER 8, ARTICLE 75-A
§ 7555. Screening for bias; communication with arbitrator candidates.
(a) Prior to inclusion on a list of proposed associate arbitrators, the
arbitration administrator shall make an appropriate initial screening
for bias and shall require associate arbitrator candidates for a
particular case to complete a current personal disclosure statement
under oath. In addition to other relevant information, the statement
shall disclose any personal acquaintance with any of the parties or
their counsel and the nature of such acquaintance. If the statement
reveals facts which suggest the possibility of partiality, the
arbitration administrator shall communicate those facts to the parties.

(b) No party shall communicate with an associate arbitrator candidate,
directly or indirectly, except through the arbitration administrator, at
any time after the filing of the demand for arbitration. Any candidate
who is aware of such communication shall immediately notify the
arbitration administrator.