RULES OF COURT [Effective January 1, 2007]
Rule 3.221. Information
about alternative dispute resolution.
Title 3. Civil Rules
Division 3. Filing and Service
Chapter 3. Papers to Be Served
As amended through April 1, 2007
Rule 3.221. Information about alternative dispute
(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:
(1) 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.
(2) 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.
(3) 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.
(4) An ADR stipulation form that parties may use to
stipulate to the use of an ADR process.
(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
(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.