Baker+Cadence Solutions is pleased to announce we are now resellers of the court rules from CalendarRules.com.

Current Compulaw court rules users will need to switch to court rules from CalendarRules.com.  To facilitate a smooth transition, we are available to get you a quote for the court rules you need.  Just email a list of the rules you need to Bill Baker and we will have a quote for you in 24 hours.  We will also update your current version of PracticeMaster to work with the court rules from CalendarRule.com.

CalendarRules.com offers general civil litigation-related court and agency Rule Sets for State, Federal, Appellate and Bankruptcy courts across the United States. Currently, rules are available in all 50 states, with additional courts being added every month.

Here are some FAQ’s about PracticeMaster and CalendarRules.com:

How are rules priced?

The vast majority of their subscriptions are annual, at an average rate of $150/court/year.  Actual pricing will vary depending on the number of courts needed, and the calendar system used.  With some partner integration’s there may be nominal one time charges to cover optional module fees, setup, integration support, and training.  There are also discounted packages available based on state or other volume discounts.

Also, there is no charge for users to access the court rules from CalendarRules.com.  With PracticeMaster you can calendar any PracticeMaster user with the court rules from CRC.

How are the court rules kept updated?

Building and monitoring court rules is their core business.  They use a combination of proprietary technology and legal staff to build and maintain the rule sets.  Because CalendarRules is cloud-based, it can provide updates to customers in real-time, without any interaction required by end users.

Calendar Rules is the only rules provider that makes updated rules available to the end user in real time. Courts generally announce updates in two ways:

  1. Many updates are published for comment, with a scheduled effective date. They make these updates in our staging environment and release them to production on the effective date. Thereafter, any subscriber to that court is automatically in compliance with the new rules.
  2. Sometimes a court will publish rule changes with an immediate effective date or for the next day. CalendarRules is positioned to make these changes effective immediately so the end user does not have to apply any updates. As soon as we update the production server, all subscribers are automatically up-to-date.

What happens when a user changes a trigger date?

This is done with the PracticeMaster calendar software, and when a user changes a docket date, for instance a trial date gets continued for 30 days, the rules generated events may have to be recalculated.  In this situation the PracticeMaster system can resubmit the trigger for recalculation of the existing events.  Frequently, some of the calculated dates have been changed by stipulation since they were originally created; making the rules generated date “irrelevant”.   So the user can pick and choose which events to update, add, or delete.

Can we customize the rules?

Yes CRC provides a means of remembering the events users do not create.  Users cannot modify existing events or calculations, but users can “remove” events.  One of the often-perceived problems with using rules is that many users believe that rule sets are over inclusive in terms of the number of events.  In some cases the rule itself, while it may designate a calculation, is actually arcane and irrelevant to some practitioners.  Maybe the rule relates to an esoteric and never used motion for example, or maybe the event is created to show the last day to do something by fax, which a firm never does and they don’t care about.  These types of events are perceived as creating clutter on the calendar.  In order to address this issue, when a user creates a new docket and gets back a list of rules based events, they will have the option to not create certain events.

The new PracticeMaster interface to Calendar Rules allows the users to decide what dates will be generated as Events on the users PracticeMaster and Outlook calendars.  These Events can be generated as All Day events or as events with start and stop times on the calendar.