The Brief - August 2015

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The Brief

Vol. 11, No. 7                                                                               August 2015


Civil rules of procedure getting a rewrite

An Arizona Supreme Court-appointed task force has been reviewing the rules of civil procedure since December 2014. The task force’s final product will likely result in some rewording of every rule for style and, where appropriate, to conform with the recently restyled federal rules. The task force is considering some substantive revisions as well. Public input is available and welcome, and all meetings are open to the public. The task force will work through the summer and fall before proposing a consolidated rule change petition by January 2016.

The task force includes plaintiff and defense counsel, legal scholars, judges, Community Legal Services, the Attorney General’s office, and a Clerk of Superior Court. For more information, visit the Arizona Judicial Branch’s website at Click on “Court Admin/AOC,” “Committees & Commissions,” and “Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure” for meeting information and materials, links to rules, and other resources.

The task force plans to reach out proactively to interested groups before submitting a rule change petition. To see rule petitions currently under review, visit the Court Rules Forum online from the Arizona Judicial Branch’s website at Click on “AZ Supreme Court,” “Rules,” “Rules Forum.”