Case Management Statement
Templates and Forms
The Sacramento County Superior Court’s Case Management Program is designed to secure the fair, timely, and efficient disposition of civil cases in a fair, practical, and flexible manner. Cal. Rules of Court 3.700. To that end, the parties in all unlimited civil cases (amount demanded exceeds $25,000), whether represented by counsel or by themselves (in Pro Per), are required to file a Case Management Statement (CM-110) approximately six months after the complaint is filed.
Limited civil cases (amount demanded is $25,000 or less) are excluded from the Sacramento County Superior Court’s Civil Case Management program. Sacramento County Local Rule 2.21. See our guide on completing the Limited Civil Case Status Memorandum for more information on that process.
The Court serves a Notice of Case Management Conference on all parties approximately 120 days after the complaint is filed. You are required to file a Case Management Statement (CM-110) no later than 15 calendar days before your Case Management Conference.
The Court publishes tentative Case Management Orders the court day before the scheduled Case Management Conference. If the Case Management Statements show that the case is progressing normally, the judge usually cancels the in-person hearing in these tentative Orders.
You may access these Tentative Rulings on the Court’s website at after 2:00 p.m. the court day before the Case Management Conference to determine if an appearance is required. The Court may call for more than one Case Management Conference during the course of a lawsuit.
Complete the Necessary Forms
The Judicial Council form commonly used in this procedure is:
Sample filled-in form with instructions is available at the end of this Guide.
Completing Paragraph 10c of the Case Management Statement
You may find these definitions helpful in deciding which, if any, Alternative Dispute Resolution process you wish to participate in:
Mediation: A process in which people that are having a dispute are helped by a neutral third person (a Mediator) to communicate so they can reach a settlement acceptable to both. Mediation seeks a middle ground, and is often used when the parties will need to have contact in the future.
Settlement Conference: The parties and their attorneys meet with a settlement judge who hears both sides and tries to help them reach a compromise.
The judge cannot make any decisions regarding the outcome, but will listen to each side, giving his or her critique and advising what they would be likely to decide in court. In Sacramento County settlement conferences are mandatory two weeks before trial; however, parties may elect to have an earlier settlement conference in order to avail themselves of the judge’s insight at an earlier stage of the process.
Neutral Evaluation: A neutral third party (an experienced individual, usually an attorney) issues an opinion on the issues he or she is asked to evaluate by the parties. An objective evaluation by a knowledgeable outsider can sometimes move parties away from unrealistic positions, or at least provide them with more insight into their cases’ strengths and weaknesses. This opinion has no effect on the case except for providing information useful for negotiation.
Non-binding Judicial Arbitration: A neutral third party Arbitrator, provided by the court, renders an opinion on the case. The Arbitration Award can be rejected and if so, the case will continue on to trial.
Binding Private Arbitration: The parties agree to hire a third party Arbitrator, and for the Arbitrator’s decision to be final, and enforceable in the courts.
Service of Documents by Mail on All Parties
You must have a person over the age of 18 and not a party to your action (that is, not you) mail or “serve” copies of these documents to the opposing parties, or their counsel of record, and have the server complete a Proof of Service by Mail (POS-030) to file with the Court. For instructions on how to fill out the Proof of Service by Mail, see our “Proof of Service by Mail” Step-by-Step guide.
Copying and Assembling
Make two copies of each:
- Case Management Statement (CM-110)
- Proof of Service by Mail (POS-030)
In the Sacramento County Superior Court, because documents are scanned into a computer, any multiple page original documents are left unstapled, while each copy is stapled. In courts that do not electronically scan, all are stapled, and the original is two-hole punched at the top of the page for insertion into a folder.
In Sacramento, Case Management Statements are filed in the drop box in the first floor lobby at the Sacramento Superior Court at 720 Ninth Street. Fill out and attach the Civil Document Drop-Off Sheet, and date stamp the back of the original packet. A supply of Civil Document Drop-Off Sheets and a date stamp are located near the drop box. Following the instructions posted at the drop box, place the unstapled original document packet plus two copies of the packet in the drop box. Provide the court with a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage to facilitate the return of your documents to you. The court will process the paperwork, and return the two copies, stamped “Endorsed/Filed,” to you. The court will retain the original papers for its file. There is no fee for filing a Case Management Statement.
This material is intended as general information only. Your case may have factors requiring different procedures or forms. The information and instructions are provided for use in the Sacramento County Superior Court. Please keep in mind that each court may have different requirements. If you need further assistance consult a lawyer.