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What is CalendarRules For Outlook?

CalendarRules For Outlook is an Outlook add-in that uses the CalendarRules cloud-based rules engine to create tasks and appointments directly in Outlook. It is designed to simply add court rules-generated events (as appointments or tasks, your choice) to Outlook.  It is not a docketing or case management system.  If you need docketing or case management capabilities, we suggest you look to one of our partners.

What versions of Outlook does the add-in support?

CalendarRules for Outlook works in all version of Outlook for windows starting with Outlook 2007 and later.  Outlook 2003 is not supported.  Outlook for the Mac does not support add-ins of any kind.  The add-in works with hosted or local exchange, office 365, or local pst files.

How much does CalendarRules For Outlook cost?

CalendarRules charges a monthly subscription amount based on the number of courts needed.  Additional details can be found here.

What kind of court rules does CalendarRules offer?

CalendarRules builds and maintains numerous types of litigation-related rule sets, including rules from State, Federal, Appellate, and Bankruptcy courts. It offers rules in the states where litigation is most prevalent, or the states where its multi-office clients have a need. Currently this includes over 1000 different rules sets from across the country.  A list of courts can be browsed here.

How are the court rules kept up-to-date?

CalendarRules uses a combination of proprietary technology and legal staff to build and maintain its rule sets.  Staff lawyers monitor courts for rule changes.  Because CalendarRules is cloud-based, it can provide updates to customers in real-time, without any interaction required by end users.

Does CalendarRules For Outlook handle court-observed holidays?

Yes. Each court has holidays defined through the year 2049, so the calculations can exclude holidays, or roll, based on court-specific holidays and rule definitions.

What is included in a subscription?

Your subscription entitles you to install the add-in on as many computers as you have users, and all users can access any courts in your subscription.  Your subscription includes use of the rules, including triggers, holidays and service offset handling, updates to the rules, and updates to the software (add-in).
Your subscription also includes access to the CalendarRules web tools for the courts in your subscription.  There are three web tools available:
Docket Calculator is for working with specific triggering events and dates. Select the trigger, e.g. Interrogatories Served, the trigger date, and the service method, and the Docket Calculator uses the court-specific rules related to that trigger to return the related events (i.e. due dates) for quick and easy browsing.  It can be used to try different scenarios or otherwise check dates before entering them in Outlook, or to check dates which you may not be entering into Outlook, like opposing party response dates.
Date Calculator can be used when you simply want to count a number of calendar or court days, taking into consideration the specific holidays observed by a court. For instance, to find “When is 21 court days from yesterday?” enter the number of days to count and whether you need court or calendar days counted.  The calculator performs the count, taking into consideration relevant holidays observed by that court.
Docket Research gives subscribers a convenient way to search the rules content.  Subscribers can search the trigger text, the event title, and the rule text.  It is designed to help subscribers find triggers and events, and review rules related to search terms entered.  Subscribers can also quickly find out what holidays the court observes, and what the service type offsets are in a particular court (e.g. 3 or 5 days for service by mail).

Does CalendarRules For Outlook handle different service methods, like mail or hand delivery/service?

Yes, CalendarRules for Outlook will prompt for the service method when a deadline calculation is dependent upon the service method.  For example, a state court may add 5 days for service by mail, but a Federal Court in the same state may only add 3 days for service by mail.  The user just needs to know how it was served; the system automatically adds the correct number of days.

What if I need a court CalendarRules does not have?

Just ask!  We continue to build our library through feedback and customer demand.  Once we build a rule set, we have to monitor and keep it up to date, so we generally do not build new rules until we have a subscriber.  For most standard litigation related rule sets in State or Federal court, we will build the rule set for free if we have at least one subscriber.  Send us an email to