Feedback Sought In Proposal to Amend the California Rules of Court

A proposal to amend the California Rules of Court has been posted to the California Courts web site, at http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-invitationstocomment.htm.

The proposal would amend the statewide rules of court, on a temporary basis, to permit courts to exempt certain types or categories of general civil cases from the mandatory case management rules. The proposal will help courts to better address the current fiscal crisis by decreasing the time spent by court staff and judicial officers in filing case management statements, setting and holding individual case management conferences, and performing other actions required by the case management rules.

The proposal is in response to a request from the Superior Court of Los Angeles County (L.A. Superior Court), reiterated by the Superior Court of Sacramento County, seeking relief from the current case management rules applicable to general civil cases. Because of L.A. Superior Court’s schedule for implementing planned changes to its handling of civil cases, as well as the pressing needs of other courts to be relieved from the mandated conferences, this proposal is being circulated on a special shortened cycle so that it can be considered by the Judicial Council at its February 2013 meeting and, if approved, go into effect immediately upon approval.

The deadline for comments is 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact Camilla Kieliger, at camilla.kieliger@jud.ca.gov, or at 415-865-7681.