Rule 3-117. Committee on Court Forms


To establish a committee to determine the need for forms and to create forms for use by litigants in all court levels.


This rule shall apply to the judiciary.

Statement of the Rule:

(1)   The committee shall conduct a comprehensive review of the need for court forms to assist parties and practitioners in all court levels.

(2)   The committee shall create forms as it deems necessary for use by parties and practitioners, including forms for the Online Court Assistance Program.

(3)   Process for form creation.

(3)(a) The committee shall adopt procedures for creating new forms or making substantive amendments to existing forms, procedures for eliminating obsolete and outdated forms, procedures for recommending which forms should be translated into other languages, and procedures for expediting technical or non-substantive amendments to forms.

(3)(b) Forms should be written in plain language and reference the statutes and rules to which the forms apply.

(3)(c) The committee shall solicit input from other interested groups as it deems appropriate. The committee may establish subcommittees using non-committee members to facilitate its work.

(3)(d) The committee may recommend to the Judicial Council mandatory use of particular forms.However the Judicial Councilís designation of a form as mandatory is not binding on a decision-maker asked to review the legal correctness of the form.

(3)(e) The Office of General Counsel shall staff the committee and shall review all forms for legal correctness before final approval by the committee.

(4)   The State Law Librarian shall be responsible for maintaining and archiving the forms.


Effective May 22, 2017