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Advancing empirically informed models to promote greater accessibility, efficiency, and accountability in civil justice

Cover Art: IAALS’ Report on “A Forum for Understanding and Comment on the Federal Rule Amendments”

IAALS’ Report on “A Forum for Understanding and Comment on the Federal Rule Amendments”
February 7, 2014

IAALS drafted this report coming out of its Forum for Understanding and Comment on the Federal Rule Amendments. The Forum brought together a group of approximately forty lawyers, academics, and judges from around the country, with diverse practices and viewpoints, including both plaintiff and defense. IAALS facilitated a discussion of each of the proposed amendments.

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Cover Art: Joint Comment on the Proposed Federal Rule Amendments

Joint Comment on the Proposed Federal Rule Amendments
February 7, 2014IAALS and ACTL

IAALS and the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) Task Force on Discovery and Civil Justice submitted comments on the proposed Federal Rule Amendments. The comment provides a summary of the pilot project and rules reform activity around the country, at both the state and federal level, as much of this activity parallels the current proposed amendments.

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Cover Art: Working Smarter, Not Harder: How Excellent Judges Manage Cases

Working Smarter, Not Harder: How Excellent Judges Manage Cases
January 21, 2014IAALS and ACTL

A joint project between IAALS and the ACTL, this report documents the recommendations and key practices of nearly 30 state and federal trial court judges who were identified as being outstanding and efficient case managers. In their own words, these judges share their strategies in hopes that their experience can serve as a model for other judges who want to replicate their success.

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Cover Art: A Roadmap for Action

A Roadmap for Action
Lessons from the Implementation of Recent Civil Rules ProjectsOctober 14, 2013

The implementation of recent civil rules projects, which are aimed at better achieving the goals of a just, speedy, and inexpensive civil justice system, has revealed important considerations for any effort to change procedures. In this report, we explore some of the elements for successfully creating and implementing new rules and processes.

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Cover Art: A Roadmap for Review

A Roadmap for Review
Guide for Appraisal and Improvement of Caseflow Management of Civil Cases in U.S. District CourtsApril 2, 2013

This Guide provides the tools for any interested federal judge to make a quick, initial assessment of the status of his or her civil case docket to measure how it compares to his or her colleagues, as well as to courts across the nation, with the goal of improving caseflow management in civil cases in the U.S. District Courts.

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Cover Art: A Return to Trials: Implementing Effective Short, Summary, and Expedited Civil Action Programs

A Return to Trials: Implementing Effective Short, Summary, and Expedited Civil Action Programs
October 30, 2012

Jumping off of the NCSC’s publication regarding a number of short, summary, and expedited programs earlier this year, a committee of experts brainstormed best practices for designing, implementing, conducting, and measuring effective programs. This report collects these recommendations for jurisdictions around the country that are considering implementing such programs, as well as those seeking to improve their current programs.

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Cover Art: Another Voice: Financial Experts on Reducing Client Costs in Civil Litigation

Another Voice: Financial Experts on Reducing Client Costs in Civil Litigation
September 21, 2012IAALS and AICPA

Published in conjunction with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), this report evaluates the cost and delays of litigation from a new perspective: that of financial experts. The report offers judges, attorneys, financial experts, clients, and all those with a stake in the civil justice system five recommendations to maximize both the effectiveness of financial experts and efficiency of their use in the civil pretrial process.

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Cover Art: A Roadmap for Reform: Measuring Innovation

A Roadmap for Reform: Measuring Innovation
November 1, 2010IAALS and NCSC

Final installment of a three-part series that gives courts willing to try pilot projects a means for empirical evaluation of civil rules reforms and how they should be measured.

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Cover Art: A Roadmap for Reform: Civil Caseflow Management Guidelines

A Roadmap for Reform: Civil Caseflow Management Guidelines
November 1, 2009IAALS

Part of a three-part series, this publication assists jurisdictions interested in streamlining court practices and procedures to achieve greater efficiency.

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Cover Art: A Roadmap for Reform: Pilot Project Rules

A Roadmap for Reform: Pilot Project Rules
November 1, 2009IAALS

Published in collaboration with the American College of Trial Lawyers Task Force on Discovery, this report serves as a guide for states interested in testing recommendations designed to reduce cost and delay in the civil justice system.

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Cover Art: Final Report on the Joint Project of the ACTL Task Force on Discovery and IAALS

Final Report on the Joint Project of the ACTL Task Force on Discovery and IAALS
IAALS and ACTL

This report includes a set of 29 proposed Principles that focus on four core areas: pleadings, discovery, experts and judicial management. It is the culmination of an 18-month collaboration between IAALS and ACTL Task Force on Discovery and provides recommendations that may one day underpin reform of the civil rules of procedure in both federal and state court systems.

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