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 www.azcourts.gov. 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 www.azcourts.gov. Click on “AZ Supreme
Court,” “Rules,” “Rules Forum.”