If for any reason an arbitrator is unable to perform the duties of the office, the chief judge may, on proof satisfactory to the chief judge, declare the office vacant. The chief judge may fill a vacancy by appointing an individual from the remaining list of qualified arbitrators. Objections for cause to the appointed arbitrator shall be filed in accordance with §163.11(e) of this title (relating to Selection of Arbitrator). During the period of a vacancy, the chief judge may rule on pending matters, including dispositive motions.
Source Note: The provisions of this §163.17 adopted to be effective January 1, 1996, 20 TexReg 10757; amended to be effective November 17, 2005, 30 TexReg 7429