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2014 California Rules of Court

Rule 10.783. ADR program administration

(a) ADR program administrator

The presiding judge in each trial court must designate the clerk or executive officer, or another court employee who is knowledgeable about ADR processes, to serve as ADR program administrator. The duties of the ADR program administrator must include:

(1)Developing informational material concerning the court's ADR programs;

(2)Educating attorneys and litigants about the court's ADR programs;

(3)Supervising the development and maintenance of any panels of ADR neutrals maintained by the court; and

(4)Gathering statistical and other evaluative information concerning the court's ADR programs.

(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2007; previously amended effective January 1, 2004.

(b) ADR committee

(1)Membership in courts with 18 or more authorized judges

In each superior court that has 18 or more authorized judges, there must be an ADR committee. The members of the ADR committee must include, insofar as is practicable:

(A)The presiding judge or a judge designated by the presiding judge;

(B)One or more other judges designated by the presiding judge;

(C)The ADR program administrator;

(D)Two or more active members of the State Bar chosen by the presiding judge as representatives of those attorneys who regularly represent parties in general civil cases before the court, including an equal number of attorneys who represent plaintiffs and who represent defendants in these cases;

(E)One or more members of the court's panel of arbitrators chosen by the presiding judge; and

(F)If the court makes available to litigants a list of any ADR neutrals other than arbitrators, one or more neutrals chosen by the presiding judge from that list.

(2)Additional members

The ADR committee may include additional members selected by the presiding judge.

(3)ADR committee in other courts

Any other court may by rule establish an ADR committee as provided in (b)(1). Otherwise, the presiding judge or a judge designated by the presiding judge must perform the functions and have the powers of an ADR committee as provided in these rules.

(4)Term of membership

ADR committee membership is for a two-year term. The members of the ADR committee may be reappointed and may be removed by the presiding judge.

(5)Responsibilities of ADR committee

The ADR committee is responsible for overseeing the court's alternative dispute resolution programs for general civil cases, including those responsibilities relating to the court's judicial arbitration program specified in rule 3.813(b).

(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2007; previously adopted effective January 1, 2004.)

Rule 10.783 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as rule 1580.3 effective January 1, 2001; previously amended effective January 1, 2004.

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