The Certificate of Merit law is designed to limit frivolous lawsuits against design professionals by assisting attorneys in assessing the technical merits of a potential case, prior to filing suit. The law requires that, before filing a lawsuit against a design professional, a plaintiff’s attorney must first consult with another design professional to determine if the suit has merit.
Types of Certificates
A certificate shall be executed by the attorney for the plaintiff or a cross-complaint declaring one of the following:
Priorities and Exceptions
This is provided for informational purposes only and does not purport to be a legal opinion. For specific information regarding Certificate of Merit see the California Code of Civil Procedure §411.35 or consult an attorney. For more information please call the AIA CA Legislative Affairs Department at (916) 448-9082.