Utah’s Case Management Pilot Project
Piggybacking off the implementation of significant statewide changes in 2011, Utah has implemented a Civil Case Management Pilot Program that promotes increased judicial case management oversight. The pilot program recognizes that early and active judicial case management is key to efficient litigation, particularly for complex cases. The pilot program puts into effect many of IAALS’ recommendations from its publication Working Smarter, Not Harder: How Excellent Judges Manage Cases, including an early active case management conference, the early setting of a firm trial date and firm date for dispositive motions, periodic status conferences, and the option of using informal status conferences to resolve discovery disputes.
The pilot program, which began January 1, 2016, and will continue through December 31, 2017, applies to select cases in the Second, Third, and Fourth Judicial Districts. All Tier 3 cases will be randomly assigned to participating judges, and a portion of Tier 2 cases in the Second and Fourth Districts. Utah has been a leader in using data to inform and improve the administration of justice, and this pilot program will also be evaluated.