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Mediation and claim resolution structured settlement agreement conferences.

(1) A statement made by any party, representative or other participant in the course of mediation conducted pursuant to RCW 51.52.095 or a claim resolution structured settlement agreement conference conducted pursuant to RCW 51.04.063, whether verbal or written, is privileged as provided in subsection (2) of this section and is not subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in a proceeding unless waived or reduced to writing and made part of a settlement agreement.
(2) In a proceeding, the following privileges apply:
(a) A party may refuse to disclose and may prevent any other person from disclosing a statement;
(b) A mediator or structured settlement conference judge may refuse to disclose and may prevent any other person from disclosing a statement from the mediator or judge; and
(c) A nonparty participant may refuse to disclose and may prevent any other person from disclosing a statement of the nonparty participant.
(3) Evidence or information that is otherwise admissible or subject to discovery does not become inadmissible or protected from discovery solely by reason of its disclosure or use in a mediation unless otherwise privileged by subsection (2) of this section.
(4) Mediation and claim resolution structured settlement agreement conferences are confidential and nonparties may be excluded from the proceedings.
(5) Mediation and claim resolution structured settlement agreement conferences may not be recorded by any type of recording device.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.52.020. WSR 14-24-105, § 263-12-092, filed 12/2/14, effective 1/2/15; WSR 08-01-081, § 263-12-092, filed 12/17/07, effective 1/17/08.]
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