On Feb. 14, NCRA stated its opposition to the proposed rules changes published by the Judicial Conference Committee in June 2013. The committee recommended, among other things, that the discovery process be reduced in number from 10 to five and that the amount of time each witness could be deposed be reduced from seven hours to six hours.
The letter from Jim Cudahy, NCRA’s CEO and Executive Director, stated:
As front-row witnesses to all manner of legal proceedings, our members know better than most that increased opportunity for discovery coincides directly with greater opportunity for all parties to have equal access to justice. … Ultimately, it would be the American justice system that would be compromised if these proposed rule changes are implemented.