The Alameda County Law Library has purchased a subscription to SmartRules, an online tool that allows users to generate procedural guides that summarize the requirements and time limits for drafting, filing, and serving a variety of court documents, with citations to the applicable state and local court rules and statutes. In addition to the filing and service requirements, each guide provides a concise description of the mandatory elements of the pleading or motion, grounds for bringing or opposing the action, and any accompanying papers. SmartRules is updated daily to reflect the latest changes to court rules and statutes affecting filing requirements.
SmartRules guides are available for pleadings, Case Management Statements, applications, motions and oppositions, discovery requests and responses, proposed orders, and many other court documents. To generate a guide, users simply select the court in which they are appearing (ex. Alameda County Superior Court), and the type of document they must prepare (ex. Motion for a Continuance). SmartRules reports are available for California state and federal trial courts, and for select courts in the states of Connecticut Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.
SmartRules can be used free of charge at the Main and Branch libraries. Reports can be printed at a cost of 20 cents/page, or saved to a flash/thumb drive free of charge.