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Blog Posts by Brittany Kauffman

Action on the Ground: IAALS Offers New Tool for Tracking Rules Projects Around the Country

Brittany Kauffman
IAALS has played an important role in empowering jurisdictions to experiment with pilot projects and rules changes. Today, we are making information about these programs more accessible to all by launching Action on the Ground, an interactive map that gives users rich information about programs around the country—at a...

Texas' Expedited Civil Action Program Goes Into Effect Following Considerable Comment

Brittany Kauffman
In November, the Texas Supreme Court issued long-awaited rules for expedited actions, proposing a mandatory expedited process for cases of $100,000 or less. The Texas Supreme Court has since issued revised final rules, which became effective March 1, 2013. Despite considerable public commentary on the mandatory nature...

Iowa Supreme Court Implements Business Specialty Court Pilot Project

Brittany Kauffman
The Iowa Supreme Court is moving forward with implementation of a Business Specialty Court Pilot Project and will begin receiving cases on May 1, 2013. The Business Specialty Court Pilot Project grows out of the recommendations of Iowa’s Supreme Court Task Force for Civil Justice Reform. Among the recommendations was...

IAALS' New Guide Provides Tools for Federal Judges to Analyze Their Own Docket

Brittany Kauffman
IAALS’ new publication, A Roadmap for Review: Guide for Appraisal and Improvement of Caseflow Management in Civil Cases in U.S. District Courts , 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...

District of Nevada Is Newest Federal Court to Adopt Short Trial Program

Brittany Kauffman
The District of Nevada adopted a Short Trial Program on March 11, 2013. The Short Trial Rules include the express purpose of expediting "civil trials (both bench trials and jury trials) through procedures designed to control the length of the trial, including, without limitation, restrictions on discovery, the use of...

District of Colorado Proposed Amendments May Foretell of Pilot Projects

Brittany Kauffman
The United States District Court for the District of Colorado announced proposed amendments to its Local Rules on March 7, 2013, which may foretell of pilot programs or other special projects in the District of Colorado's future. The proposed amendments are few, but include sections on "Pilot Programs or Special...

District of Oregon's Local Rules Amendments Incorporate Model Patent Order, Employment Protocols

Brittany Kauffman
On Monday, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon directed that local rule amendments that had previously been proposed and submitted for public comment take effect March 1, 2013. The amendments include adoption of two pilot projects that are being implemented around the country to focus and...

Study on Estimating the Cost of Civil Litigation Provides Insight into Court Access

Brittany Kauffman
The National Center for State Courts has developed a new model for estimating civil litigation costs, known as the Civil Litigation Cost Model. The model is based on the amount of time lawyers expend on various litigation tasks and their billing rates, which together provide a snapshot of “typical” costs, by task, for...

Minnesota Rule Amendments Aimed at Facilitating Cost Effective and Efficient Case Processing

Brittany Kauffman
The Minnesota Supreme Court has adopted amendments to its Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice that are aimed at “facilitating more cost effective and efficient civil case processing.” The amendments, which take effect July 1, 2013, adopt many of the recommendations of the Civil Justice Reform Task...