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Missouri Civil Justice Reform Commission

On June 28, 2017, the Missouri Supreme Court established a Commission on Civil Justice Reform. The Commission’s goal is to “globally and holistically examine and review current civil practices and procedures and to recommend measures to ensure the fair, affordable, and prompt resolution of civil disputes in the civil justice system—thereby enhancing public confidence in, and meaningful access to, the state court civil justice system.” The Supreme Court’s order provides that the Commission look to the Call to Action report and recommendations adopted by the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) in 2016, as well as the IAALS and ACTL Task Force report Reforming our Civil Justice System: A Report on Progress and Promise. The Missouri Order also identifies specific groups of stakeholders to be included on the Commission.

As part of the Civil Justice Initiative (CJI) Implementation Plan, a three year effort focused on implementing the recommendations, IAALS and NCSC are working with up to five states as they move through the roadmap process set forth in Transforming Our Civil Justice System for the 21st Century: A Roadmap for Implementation. In October 2017, Missouri was selected by the CJI Steering Committee to serve as a roadmap state from the Midwestern CCJ/COSCA region.

Other roadmap states include Idaho, Maine and Texas.

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