Civil Litigation Rules Drafting Task Force
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. See ECCL Task Force.
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
The Task Force will meet on Jan. 25, 2018, 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.
These dates may be subject to change. For more information, please contact Sherry Lindner.
Initial case schedules: TBD
Individual judicial assignments and pretrial conferences: TBD
Early discovery conferences: TBD
Initial disclosures: TBD