(a) The advisory council shall adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this chapter, including, but not limited to, guidelines to be used by the programs for the recruitment and training of persons conducting dispute resolution, and provisions for periodic monitoring and evaluation of the programs funded pursuant to this chapter. The advisory council shall establish guidelines to evaluate the performance of participating programs, which shall include analysis of court caseload reduction, cost savings to the state, the efficacy of the programs, and the feasibility of operation of a statewide program of grants at the time the state assumes the responsibility for the funding of trial courts.
(b) The advisory council shall adopt temporary guidelines within six months of its initial meeting. The adoption of these temporary guidelines shall not be subject to the procedures specified in Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
Upon the adoption of the temporary guidelines, counties may award grants pursuant to this chapter. Programs funded pursuant to this chapter shall comply with the temporary guidelines, the requirements of this chapter and, when adopted, the formal rules and regulations.
(c) Formal rules and regulations implementing this chapter shall be adopted pursuant to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code and, upon adoption, shall supersede the temporary guidelines adopted pursuant to subdivision (b).
(d) On and after January 1, 1989, or such earlier date as the advisory council completes its duties pursuant to this chapter, the Division of Consumer Services of the Department of Consumer Affairs shall periodically review the effectiveness of the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter and adopt changes thereto as necessary. It also shall monitor and evaluate the programs funded pursuant to this chapter as to their compliance with those rules and regulations.
(e) The Director of Consumer Affairs shall administer and enforce this chapter and the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter, and in so doing may exercise any power conferred under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 300).
(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1272, Sec. 1.)
The rules and regulations adopted by the advisory council pursuant to Section 471 shall be formulated to promote statewide uniformity with the guidelines contained in those rules and regulations.
(Added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 28, Sec. 6. Effective May 28, 1987.)
Each program funded pursuant to this chapter shall annually provide the county with statistical data regarding its operating budget; the number of referrals, categories, or types of cases referred to the program; the number of persons served by the program; the number of disputes resolved; the nature of the disputes resolved; rates of compliance; the number of persons utilizing the process more than once; the duration of and the estimated costs of the hearings conducted by the programs; and any other information that the county may require. The data shall maintain the confidentiality and anonymity of the persons employing the dispute resolution process.
(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 56, Sec. 1.)