CADRe RULES

Santa Barbara County Superior Court Rules

1102 COURT ADMINISTERED DISPUTE RESOLUTION (CADRe)

( a ) [Filing and Appearances] Within sixty (60) days after filing of the complaint, the plaintiff(s) shall file with the court proof of service upon the defendant. As part of that service, plaintiff(s) shall include a copy of the Court Administered Dispute Resolution (CADRe) Program Information and a Stipulation and Order to Court Administered Dispute Resolution (CADRe) Process form. Not later than five (5) days before the 120-day Case Management Conference all counsel shall file with the court a completed Case Management Conference Memo and serve it on all other parties. At the court's discretion, counsel, parties and insurance representatives with full settlement authority may be required to attend a CADRe Conference within ten (10) days of the 120-day Case Management Conference or as directed by the court. Parties and counsel shall be fully prepared to discuss with the court the appropriate dispute resolution method(s) for the case.

( b ) [Timing and Disposition] If a CADRe process is selected, counsel shall file with the court a fully-executed Stipulation and Order to Court Administered Dispute Resolution (CADRe) Process form within ten (10) days after the later of either:

a. (i) the 120 day Case Management Conference, or (ii) the CADRe Conference, indicating their participation in a CADRe process. The parties shall conduct the CADRe process within sixty (60) days of filing the Stipulation, unless otherwise agreed to by the court. The Neutral shall file with the court a Statement of Agreement or Non-Agreement [ADR-100] within ten (10) days of the final CADRe process meeting. Cases that do not resolve through the use of a CADRe alternative to litigation shall proceed to trial in accordance with these rules. Participation in a CADRe process shall not affect time periods specified in the Trial Court Delay Reduction Act.

b. [Mediation in lieu of Judicial Arbitration] Civil cases with an amount in controversy of $50,000.00 or less that are referred to Judicial Arbitration (CCP 1141 et. seq.) may be referred to Limited Mediation in lieu of Judicial Arbitration (CCP 1775 et. seq.) at the request of the parties or the discretion of the court.

(Revised, Effective 7/01/01)


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