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2018 California Rules of Court

Rule 3.720. Application

(a) General application

The rules in this chapter prescribe the procedures for the management of all applicable court cases. These rules may be referred to as "the case management rules."

(Subd (a) amended and lettered effective February 26, 2013; adopted as unlettered subd.)

(b) Emergency suspension of rules

A court by local rule may exempt specified types or categories of general civil cases filed before January 1, 2020, from the case management rules in this chapter, provided that the court has in place alternative procedures for case processing and trial setting for such actions, including, without limitation, compliance with Code of Civil Procedure sections 1141.10 et seq. and 1775 et seq. The court must post the alternative procedures on its website.

(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2016; adopted effective February 26, 2013.)

(c) Rules when case management conference set

In any case in which a court sets an initial case management conference, the rules in this chapter apply.

(Subd (c) adopted effective February 26, 2013.)

Rule 3.720 amended effective January 1, 2016; adopted effective January 1, 2007; previously amended effective February 26, 2013.

Advisory Committee Comment

Subdivision (b) of this rule is an emergency measure in response to the limited fiscal resources available to the courts as a result of the current fiscal crisis and is not intended as a permanent change in the case.

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