September 19, 2014

Civil Access Pilot Project Extended One Year by Chief Justice Directive

The Colorado State Judicial Branch released amended CJD 11-02 regarding the Colorado Civil Access Pilot Project in July 2013. The amendments to the CJD extend the pilot project for one year in order to provide additional data for the court to evaluate. Extending the pilot project will give the court more time to determine if the pilot project achieved its stated goals, and to decide whether changes to the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure are indicated.

Currently, the Civil Access Pilot Project applies only to certain cases in the First, Second, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Judicial Districts. The pilot project applies to business cases, including breach of contract, business torts, actions governed by the Uniform Commercial Code, commercial transactions with banks, actions involving commercial real property, private actions for securities fraud, and products liability actions, among others.

The pilot project began January 1, 2012, and is currently slated to apply to all cases filed on or before December 31, 2014. The effects of the pilot project will be studied by IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

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