April 5, 2017 12 p.m. PST | Online Webcast | View Recording

A partnership between the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), produced a 41-page report, titled, Call to Action: Achieving Civil Justice for All. The report identifies 13 recommendations for improving the management of civil cases. Six of the major recommendations include the following:

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  1. Courts must take responsibility for managing civil cases from time of filing to disposition.
  2. Beginning at the time each civil case is filed, courts must match resources with the needs of the case.
  3. Courts should use a mandatory pathway-assignment system to achieve right-sized case management.
  4. Courts should develop civil case management teams consisting of a responsible judge supported by appropriately trained staff.
  5. Courts must take full advantage of technology to implement right-size case management and achieve useful litigant-court interaction.
  6. Courts must take all necessary steps to increase convenience to litigants by simplifying the court-litigant interface and creating on-demand court assistance services.

Faculty will identify what individual judges can do in their own jurisdictions to implement the recommendations, including expediting trials and using “right size case management” to alleviate backlog, delays, costs, vanishing jury trials and civil cases.

After this webcast, the participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the primary themes of the Civil Justice Initiative (CJI) recommendations;
  • Describe the potential impact the recommendations can have on the costs, the time to disposition, and litigants’ perceptions of fairness in their civil caseloads; and
  • Identify at least one recommendation to implement.

Distinguished faculty

Using interactive teaching methods to make the subject come alive, this webcast’s faculty is comprised of the Honorable Jennifer Bailey, Florida, the Honorable Jerome Abrams, District Court, Shakopee, Minnesota, and Chief Justice Thomas Balmer, Supreme Court, Salem, Oregon.

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