Justice System Needs Reform Says Groups

The American College of Trial Lawyers and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System has issued a report calling for major reform to the American civil justice system. Current rules allow attorneys to delay litigated disputes by demanding irrelevant or difficult to find information.

Current federal discovery rules, which require the sharing of information before trial, are antiquated according to the report. The current rules, mostly written in the 1930s, didn’t contemplate the volume of documents maintained by business today, or computers and email. As a result, the rules cause cases to go on for years, and drive people to settle or dismiss without regard to the merits.

Some other reforms suggested were setting requirement for expert witness testimony, assigning cases to a single judge to the life of a case, and allowing judges to provide mediation services on cases.

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