Reports and Publications
Pilot Project Performance Report
This report analyzes the team case management approach to reduce cost and delay in civil cases in Florida's 11th Judicial Circuit Court (Miami). The CJI pilot project utilized highly skilled civil case staffing teams to support the judiciary by providing consistent oversight to ensure that cases were progressing toward resolution in a meaningful way.
Benefits and Costs of Civil Justice Reform
This Court Review article summarizes recent civil justice reforms in the 11th Judicial Circuit Court (FL), in Strafford and Carroll counties (NH), and statewide in Texas and Utah.
The Commercial Court Review Committee issued its report to the Arizona Judicial Council regarding the commercial court pilot program in Maricopa County that received overwhelming support from both attorneys and judges.
The Illinois Supreme Court awarded cash grants to 13 judicial circuits to help them better serve the large and growing number of SRLs. The article discusses how each circuit is using its funds, from text reminder programs to language access.
New amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure include rules affecting service by mail and proportionality in discovery. The amended rules became effective July 1, 2018. See pages 18-21.
The Oregon Civil Justice Improvements Task Force issued its report to the Chief Justice. The Task Force studied statewide trial statistics and analyzed each of the 13 recommendations of the CJI's Call to Action: Achieving Justice for All in light of those statistics.
In the Journals
Applications of the New 'Proportionality' Discovery Rule in Class Actions: Much Ado About Nothing
The author reviewed approximately 135 published judicial opinions applying the new proportionality rule in class action cases and concluded the rule had little impact.
Solving Sewer Service: Fighting Fraud with Technology
This article discusses current civil service process practices throughout the states and makes recommendations for how technology can improve service of process. The article also discusses the large percentage of default judgments entered in high-volume dockets and the disproportionate impact of those default judgments on low-income communities of color.
About this project:
The National Center for State Courts Civil Justice Initiative is dedicated to developing a wide range of research and implementation tools to inform civil justice reform efforts. This website serves as a national repository of these and other resources and tools dedicated to improving state civil justice systems.