Measuring Rule 16.1: Colorado’s Simplified Civil Procedure Experiment

Measuring Rule 16.1: Colorado’s Simplified Civil Procedure Experiment

This report is a follow-up to IAALS’ 2010 publication of Surveys of the Colorado Bench & Bar on Colorado’s Simplified Pretrial Procedure for Civil Actions, focused on C.R.C.P. 16.1, a voluntary pretrial process for state court actions seeking $100,000 or less. The original survey effort provided the basis for a more objective study to verify and quantify the role of this rule in practice.

This report, containing a docket analysis complemented by in-depth interviews, examines the Colorado experience to provide insight to jurisdictions around the country interested in streamlined pretrial procedures, case differentiation, and voluntary processes.

Authored By 
Former Director of Research, IAALS
Research Analyst