California Rules of Court
INFORMATION ABOUT ALTERNATIVE
(a) Court to provide information package
Each court must make available to the plaintiff, at the time the complaint is
filed in all general civil cases, an alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
information package that includes, at a minimum, all of the following:
- General information about
the potential advantages and disadvantages of ADR and descriptions of the principal
ADR processes. The Administrative Office of the Courts has prepared model language
that the courts may use to provide this information.
about the ADR programs available in that court, including citations to any applicable
local court rules and directions for contacting any court staff responsible
for providing parties with assistance regarding ADR.
- In counties
that are participating in the Dispute Resolution Programs Act (DRPA), information
about the availability of local dispute resolution programs funded under the
DRPA. This information may take the form of a list of the applicable programs
or directions for contacting the county's DRPA coordinator.
- An ADR stipulation form
that parties may use to stipulate to the use of an ADR process.
(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2007; previously amended effective July 1, 2002.)
(b) Court may make package available on Web site
A court may make the ADR information package available on its Web site as long
as paper copies are also made available in the clerk's office.
(Subd (b) adopted effective July 1, 2002.)
(c) Plaintiff to serve information package
In all general civil cases, the plaintiff must serve a copy of the ADR information
package on each defendant together with the complaint. Cross-complainants must
serve a copy of the ADR information package on any new parties to the action
together with the cross-complaint.
(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2007; adopted as subd (b) effective January
1, 2001; previously amended and relettered effective July 1, 2002.)
Rule 3.221 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as rule 1590.1
effective January 1, 2001; previously amended and renumbered as rule 201.9 effective
July 1, 2002.