Updated: July 30, 2018

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 vote 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.

Roster

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 Rothrock 


FEEDBACK REQUESTED
The Task Force is seeking feedback from stakeholders on draft Civil Rules (CR) and Civil Rules for Courts of Limited Jurisdiction (CRLJ). Stakeholder input is crucially important in the rulemaking process and assists the Task Force in making an informed decision.

Please provide comments at CLTF@wsba.org by June 6, 2018.

Initial Case Schedules,
chaired by Roger Wynne 
Cover Letter
CR 26 - Redline
CR 26 - Clean 
New CR 3.1 - Redline
New CR 3.1 - Clean
Cover Letter
CRLJ 26 - Redline
CRLJ 26 - Clean
CRLJ 40 - Redline
CRLJ 40 - Clean
New CRLJ 3.1 - Redline
New CRLJ 3.1 - Clean

Individual Judicial Assignments and Pretrial Conferences,
chaired by Hillary Evans Graber 
Cover Letter
CR 77 - Redline
CR 77 - Clean
Cover Letter re CR 16
CR 16 - Redline
CR 16 - Clean

Early Discovery Conferences, chaired by Hon. John Ruhl 
Cover Letter
CR 26(f) - Redline
CR 26(f) - Clean
CR 37(e) - Redline
CR 37(e) - Clean
CRLJ 26 - Redline
CRLJ 26 - Clean
Joint Status Report Form - Redline
Joint Status Report Form - Clean

Initial Disclosures,
chaired by Rebecca Glasgow 
Cover Letter
CR 26 - Redline
CR 26 - Clean
CRLJ 26 - Redline
CRLJ 26 - Clean

Cooperation,
chaired by Jane Morrow 
Cover Letter
CR 1 - Redline
CR 1 - Clean
CRLJ 1 - Redline
CRLJ 1 - Clean
CR 11 - Redline
CR 11 - Clean
CRLJ 11 - Redline
CRLJ 11 - Clean
CR 26 - Redline
CR 26 - Clean
CRLJ 26 - Redline
CRLJ 26 - Clean
CR 37 - Redline
CR 37 - Clean

Mediation,
chaired by Averil Rothbrock 
Cover Letter
New Civil Rule to Require Early Mandatory Mediation - Redline
New Civil Rule to Require Early Mandatory Mediation - Clean
Recommended ADR Practices


The Task Force has concluded their charter and their proposals have been submitted to the Board of Governors.

June 7, 2018 Meeting Materials

May 31, 2018 Meeting Materials

April 26, 2018 Meeting Materials

Meeting Minutes

March 30, 2017
May 25, 2017
June 29, 2017
Sept. 28, 2017
Oct. 26, 2017
Nov. 30, 2017
Jan. 25, 2018
Feb. 22, 2018
March 29, 2018
April 26, 2018
May 31, 2018
June 7, 2018


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: TBD

Individual judicial assignments and pretrial conferences: TBD

Early discovery conferences: TBD

Initial disclosures: TBD

Cooperation: TBD

Mediation: TBD


Contact Us

Ken Masters, Chair

Nicole Gustine, Staff Liaison

Dan Bridges, Board of Governors Liaison