By Tony Flesor, LAW WEEK COLORADO
The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System and The American College of Trial Lawyers Taskforce on Discovery and Civil Justice will publish a report tomorrow that gives clear direction for a change to the federal rules of civil procedure.
But unlike a similar report published in 2009 that called for an open discussion on problems in the legal system, this one calls for action.
The report takes into account several pilot programs from around the country that took a new approach to their own rules of civil procedure in order to make the litigation process cheaper, quicker and more cooperative. After concluding that the individual programs were successful, the groups now call for nationwide adoption of the rules in the federal courts.
Rebecca Love Kourlis, executive director of IAALS, said the program was spawned by the change in how the legal system functioned, but there will likely need to be further cultural change in the bench and bar in order for the new rules to be successfully implemented.