California Court of Appeal 3rd District: Approved Amendments to Local Rule 1 – Effective September 18, 2023

On June 26, 2023, the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, approved amendments to Local Rule 1PDF file type icon, which governs the Court’s Mediation Program.  These amendments will become effective September 18, 2023PDF file type icon.

Consistent with the Mediation Program’s stated goals of enabling efficient case management and more expeditious resolution of appeals, the Mediation Committee recommended amendments to Local Rule 1 that limit how long record preparation and briefing is automatically stayed for cases referred to mediation.  The Court has approved amendments establishing that the automatic stay will remain in place for up to nine months.

The lapse of the automatic stay will not preclude the parties, on a showing of good cause, from seeking a stay from the Court or an extension of time for filing the notice of designation or other required documents.  (See Cal. Rules of Court, rule 8.60(b).)  Nor does it prevent the parties from continuing their efforts to reach a non-judicial resolution of the cases.  (See Cal. Rules of Court, rule 8.244.)

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Click here to view the information on the court’s website.

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