From Recommendations to Reform

There is national momentum around reducing the cost and delay associated with civil litigation, in order to continue to provide and protect access to the courts and in hopes of ensuring the lasting viability of trials. In 2009, IAALS and the ACTL Task Force published its joint Final Report, which included 29 Proposed Principles for improving our civil justice system.

IAALS and the Task Force intended that the Principles from the Final Report be tested and evaluated in pilot projects in courts around the country, and jointly developed and published a model set of Pilot Project Rules for this purpose. The Principles and Pilot Project Rules have been inspiring, and such pilot projects and statewide rule reforms exist today nationwide.

At the same time, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, the rulemaking committees for the federal courts, have recognized and focused on these issues. In May of 2010, the Advisory Committee convened a Conference on Civil Litigation at Duke University to study the current state of the civil justice system and to work toward solutions. Out of this conference grew a package of federal rule amendments, implemented on December 1, 2015, intended to remedy some of these problems.

The Rule One Initiative is monitoring and contributing to this activity around the country.

And, the future of the civil justice reform movement is underway. (See our project Creating the Just, Speedy, and Inexpensive Courts of Tomorrow).

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The Colorado Civil Access Pilot Project (CAPP) ran from 2012 to 2014 to test new pretrial procedures. IAALS evaluated the project's effects.
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With the assistance of IAALS, a diverse group of employment lawyers worked to develop discovery protocols for adverse action employment cases.
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Our empirical research includes review of lessons to be learned from state courts and the federal system, and provides support for recommendations.
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