(1) If the parties resolve a dispute through the mediation process, the parties must execute a legally binding agreement that sets forth that resolution and that:
(a) States that all discussions that occurred during the mediation process will remain confidential and may not be used as evidence in any subsequent due process hearing or civil proceeding; and
(b) Is signed by both the parent and a representative of the agency who has the authority to bind such agency.
(2) A written, signed mediation agreement is enforceable in a state court of competent jurisdiction or in a district court of the United States.
(3) Discussions that occur during the mediation process must be confidential and may not be used as evidence in any subsequent due process hearing or civil proceeding of any federal or state court.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.155.090(7) and 42 U.S.C. 1400 et. seq. 07-14-078, § 392-172A-05070, filed 6/29/07, effective 7/30/07.]