Texas Civil Justice Committee
In July 2016, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) approved a Resolution endorsing 13 recommendations that are designed to transform the civil justice system in our state courts to meet the challenges of contemporary civil caseloads and the needs of those who come to the courts for resolution of their disputes. Following this endorsement, IAALS and NCSC launched a Civil Justice Initiative (CJI) Implementation Plan to support implementation of the recommendations—by developing tools, providing education and technical assistance, evaluating demonstration projects, and hosting regional summits for state action teams. As part of this project, IAALS and NCSC have published Transforming Our Civil Justice System for the 21st Century: A Roadmap for Implementation, which provides a clear step-by-step process for moving from initial assessment and definition of issues to working with stakeholders and implementing reform.
IAALS and NCSC will work with up to five states as they move through the roadmap process, providing technical assistance, documenting their efforts, and ultimately issuing a case study of the successes and lessons learned from implementation.
In March 2017, Texas was selected by the CJI Steering Committee to serve as the roadmap state from the Southern CCJ/COSCA region. The Texas Judicial Council created a Civil Justice Committee and issued the following charge: “study the Conference of Chief Justices’ Civil Justice Initiative recommendations and the landscape of Texas civil justice; recommend necessary reforms to improve access to justice to the Texas Courts.” Texas views this as an opportunity to rethink and transform how the civil justice system works and while ensuring access for all.