Congressman Franks Encourages Rules Committee to Reform Discovery, Preservation and Cost Allocation Rules
Mar 21, 2012

Congressman Trent Franks submitted a letter today to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules stressing that the House Judiciary Committee’s Constitution Subcommittee has gathered information that demonstrates the need to improve the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Congressman Franks Encourages Rules Committee to Improve Rules on Discovery, Preservation and Cost Allocation

Congressman Trent Franks submitted a letter today to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules stressing that the House Judiciary Committee’s Constitution Subcommittee has gathered information that demonstrates the need to improve the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Congressman Franks, who chairs the Subcommittee, wrote this letter in follow up to the Subcommittee’s December 13, 2012 hearing on “The Costs and Burdens of Civil Discovery” and in anticipation of the March 22-23 meeting of the Rules Committee during which rule changes may be considered.

“You and your Committee have a monumental effort ahead of you as it is our view that the Rules have become an outdated, confusing, and complex patchwork of vague and indeterminate standards that are in need of a major overhaul,” Congressman Franks said in the letter. “Accordingly, we suggest that your Committee consider focusing for now on developing a clean, straightforward rewrite of the Rules governing discovery, preservation, and cost allocation.” Such rule changes, according to Congressman Franks, would allow Americans to “devote their financial resources to job creation and more productive, economic uses.”

In recent years, Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) has been at the forefront of organizations supporting revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, emphasizing the importance of rule reform to a healthy, balanced economy. LCJ is pleased that Congress is taking a closer look at this issue and at the many ways in which the nation’s civil justice system is currently impacting the nation’s economic health.

 
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