Congress seeks comments on changes to Civil Procedures

An article in the Nov. 5 National Law Journal reported that the U.S. Congress is reviewing proposed changed to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as proposed by the federal judiciary. The proposed changes would further limit the scope of discovery and are intended to go into effect near the end of 2015.

According to the article, some members of the Senate and litigation experts are voicing concerns about the changes. “Less access to information could mean that responsible parties will remain unaccountable — not because the plaintiff’s allegations are untrue, but because the plaintiff lacks the evidence to prove them,” said U.S. Sen. Christopher Coons, who chairs the Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts.

“NCRA will be responding that the changes limiting discovery are detrimental to the administration of justice in America,” says Adam Finkel, NCRA’s assistant director of government relations. According to Finkel, NCRA will also work with other court reporting associations in submitting comments on the changes. The comment period closes February 15, 2014.

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