SMALL LAWSUIT RESOLUTION ACT
7-1506. Evaluator authority — Procedures relating to service, filing and computation of time. (1) Solely for the purpose of an evaluation, an evaluator has the authority to:
(a) Decide procedural issues and deadlines relating to the conduct of the evaluation, including discovery disputes, arising before or during the evaluation process except issues relating to the qualification of the evaluator, which shall be decided by the trial court.
(b) Invite, with reasonable notice, the parties to submit preevaluation briefs;
(c) Examine any site or object relevant to the case;
(d) Administer oaths and affirmations to witnesses for the purposes of the evaluation;
(e) Rule on the admissibility of evidence;
(f) Determine the facts, decide the law, and issue a written evaluation decision; and
(g) Take such other acts as are necessary to accomplish the object of a fair, swift, and cost-effective determination of the case.
(2) An evaluator shall not decide motions to dismiss, motions to add or change parties in the case, or motions for summary judgment. Any such motion shall be presented to the trial court for determination.
(3) After the case is assigned to the evaluator, service shall be made consistent with rule 5 of the Idaho rules of civil procedure, except that documents used in the evaluation shall be filed with the evaluator instead of the court.
(4) Time shall be computed pursuant to the Idaho rules of civil procedure.
(5) Except for the authority expressly given to an evaluator by this chapter, all issues shall be determined by the court.
[7-1506, added 2002, ch. 137, sec. 1, p. 384; am. 2003, ch. 29, sec. 4, p. 106.]