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Rule One

In many jurisdictions around the country today, the civil justice system takes too long and costs too much. Many deserving cases are not filed, while others settle due to the expense of litigation.

The Rule One Initiative at IAALS is dedicated to promoting models that ensure access to justice, an efficient court process where the time and money expended are proportionate to the case at hand, and an accountable system that is fair and reasoned.



IAALS has focused much of its time and effort over the last decade on ways to improve the effectiveness of discovery—with the ultimate goal of...

Recent Blog Posts

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Changes in recent years to California’s budget, priorities, and policies have resulted in a focus on criminal over civil matters. In the yearly State of the Judiciary address, however, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye highlighted some of the ways California is planning to improve access to...Read More
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America’s civil justice system is failing to deliver on the promise of a just, speedy, and inexpensive resolution in every case. However, by taking charge of cases from their beginning to end, courts have the power to change that. IAALS’ latest report, Redefining Case Management, offers strategies to help the courts take...Read More
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It is inspiring to watch as more and more states begin to address access to justice issues within their own courts. Arizona has been a leader in taking up the Call to Action from the Conference of Chief Justices and is in the process of implementing reforms. Arizona’s Civil Justice Reform Committee issued its report and...Read More
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