History of the Task Force on the Escalating Cost of Civil Litigation

The WSBA Board of Governors created the Task Force on the Escalating Cost of Civil Litigation in 2011 to assess the costs of civil litigation in Washington courts and develop recommendations that could reduce costs.

The task force issued its final report on June 15, 2015. The report was presented to the Board of Governors in July 2015. The Board held public discussions on the task force recommendations over the next year. During this period members and stakeholders provided their comments on the report's recommendations in writing and in person to the Board. On June 3, 2016, the Board held a first reading and took provisional votes on the recommendations. The Board issued its final report on July 22, 2016.

Creation of Civil Litigation Rules Drafting Task Force

At the Nov. 18, 2016, Board of Governors meeting, the Board approved the formation of the Civil Litigation Rules Drafting Task Force and a Charter for the Task Force.

Work of the Task Force

The Civil Litigation Rules Drafting Task Force formed subcommittees to begin reviewing the Board-approved recommendations for superior and district courts. The subcommittees include:

  • Initial Case Schedules, chaired by Roger Wynne
  • Individual Judicial Assignments and Pretrial Conferences, chaired by Hillary Evans Graber
  • Early Discovery Conferences, chaired by Hon. John Ruhl
  • Initial Disclosures, chaired by Rebecca Glasgow
  • Cooperation, chaired by Jane Morrow
  • Mediation, chaired by Averil Rothbrock

Upcoming Meetings

The July 27 meeting has been cancelled. The Task Force will reconvene on Aug. 31, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. –noon. Agenda and meeting materials will be posted on this page. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, please contact Sherry Lindner.

Subcommittee Meetings

These dates may be subject to change. For more information, please contact Sherry Lindner.


Initial case schedules: July 18, 2017, at 4 p.m.

Individual judicial assignments and pretrial conferences: TBD

Early discovery conferences: Aug. 9, 2017, at 4 p.m.

Initial disclosures:  Aug. 3, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.

Cooperation: TBD

Mediation: No meeting in July

Task Force Members

Ken Masters, Chair
Kevin Bank, Staff Liaison
Dan Bridges, Board of Governors Liaison

CLRD Task Force Charter

CLRD Task Force Roster

CLRD Task Force Meeting Schedule