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Bar News - April 16, 2010


New Civil Discovery Rules Put to the Test

Major changes in civil procedure rules aimed at streamlining the pre-trial process, including automatic disclosure and proportional discovery, will be in place as a pilot project.

Starting this fall, temporary rules, developed by a small task force that includes Chief Justice Lynn and Philip Waystack, will be tested out in a pilot project in Carroll and Strafford counties’ superior courts.

Following a report from a highly respected national organization of trial lawyers – the American College of Trial Lawyers – a local group of ACTL Fellows strove to build upon the report’s recommendations for streamlined discovery rules. The proposals include instituting mandatory initial disclosure rules, maintaining a single judge from the start of a trial to the finish, and proportional e-discovery.

NH Bar News covered the development of the proposed rules in the August 14, 2009 issue.

See page 30 for an article by Chief Justice Lynn and Philip Waystack which discusses the proposed rules and their implemenation in the pilot project this fall.

Following a report from a highly respected national organization of trial lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers,

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