Civil Justice Reform Has New ‘Roadmap’

by Law Week

Efforts to boost civil justice reform just got another push forward and a “roadmap” for state courts for the next steps.

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System and the National Center for State Courts announced the release of their joint “Roadmap for Implementation,” a practical guide for incorporating calls for change from the Conference of Chief Justices, a national group with the top judge from every state that adopted 13 recommendations in 2016 for civil justice reform.

“The civil justice system has really transformed in the last 10 to 15 years,” said Brittany Kauffman, who leads IAALS’s Rule One initiative. “There are more self-represented litigants, which can become really costly. There were also budget cuts from recession in 2008. These recommendations were really responsive to the needs of litigants across the states.

”IAALS AND NCSC also announced five jurisdictions that will serve as “demonstration pilots” as they follow the roadmap and implement those recommendations. Idaho and Maine are already participating in the $1 million grant program. The 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, the Fulton County Georgia Magistrates Court in Georgia and the Illinois 22nd Judicial Court are also due to begin an implementation program, according to IAALS.

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