FINRA Updates Arbitration Panel Selection Procedures

Posted on January 4th, 2017 at 9:31 AM
FINRA Updates Arbitration Panel Selection Procedures

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

New FINRA Rule 12403 gives parties more prospective arbitrators to choose from in selecting their panels. Under the current rule, the FINRA computer-generated list categorizes the arbitrators into three separate groups. The three groups include a list of 10 chair-qualified public arbitrators, a list of 10 public arbitrators and a list of 10 non-public arbitrators. The parties select their panel through a process of striking and ranking the arbitrators on each individual list. Each party is allowed to strike up to four arbitrators on the chair-qualified public list and four arbitrators on the public list.

However, under new FINRA Rule 12403, FINRA will allow the number of arbitrators on one of the three lists, the public arbitrator list, to increase from 10 to 15 candidates and allow the number of strikes to the public arbitrator list to increase from four to six. 

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