Committee Updates

Business Processes Webinar
Please mark your calendar and join us Friday, March 1, at 2pm EST for a webinar titled "Trust the Process: Leveraging Business Process Review to Support Civil Justice Reform." Registration information will be forthcoming on the CJI website.

Essential Pathway Rules and Procedures Webinar
If you missed this webinar with Judge Jerome Abrams (MN), you can view the recording and find the associated resources on the CJI website. Judge Abrams highlights the mandatory pathway assignments and the key differences across pathways in terms of case management and the corresponding tailored approach to rules and procedures.

What's New

The Modernization of Our Civil Legal System Needs
This article from Governing discusses the ways courts are using technology to make courts more efficient and more user-friendly to those who are navigating the system without legal assistance.

The Predatory Lending Machine
The article explains how "confessions of judgment" turned New York's court system into a debt-collection machine. Private companies were created to give "merchant cash advances" to small businesses, avoiding lending regulations and with rates sometimes exceeding 400 percent a year. By requiring those small business to sign documents allowing the lending company to file in New York courts, NY courts were soon issuing judgments against small businesses located all over the country and the territories.

In the Journals

A Theory of Civil Problem-Solving Courts
The author demonstrates how core drug court principles, such as naming the purpose of the court as solving a social problem, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a strong judicial role, can be manipulated to address process failures in the civil justice system and reimagine the courts as proactive institutions responsible for the pursuit of socially beneficial outcomes.

Widening the Lens: Refocusing the Litigation Cost-and-Delay Narrative
This article by Arthur Miller explores the legislative, judicial, and rulemaking developments that contribute to litigation cost-and-delay. Near the end of the article, Miller discusses how judicial authority (both express and inherent) is perhaps the best and only way to set the pace for case management.

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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.