Civil Practice and Procedure Committee
ATTENTION CIVIL PRACTITIONERS:
THE WORK OF THE TASK FORCE ON THE ARIZONA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE IS LIKELY TO COMPREHENSIVELY RESTYLE THE CIVIL RULES BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2017.
MULTIPLE CONCURRENT RULE CHANGE PROCESSES ARE LIKELY TO IMPACT ARIZONA CIVIL PRACTICE.
The Supreme Court appointed the Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure in late 2014 to comprehensively restyle the civil rules. The resulting petition, R-16-0010, can be found in the Supreme Court’s Court Rules Forum. A multi-step public comment period is ongoing, and the Supreme Court will consider the petition at its Fall rules conference. Every attorney with a civil case in the Superior Court may wish to review the work of the Task Force to determine the impact of the proposed restyling.
Separately, the Supreme Court appointed its Committee on Civil Justice Reform in late 2015. Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2015 – 126, the Committee is charged with delivering its report, along with proposed rule changes, to the Arizona Judicial Council no later than October 1, 2016. Civil practitioners may wish to follow the work of the Committee to determine the impact of any proposed civil rule changes.
Additionally, the Supreme Court adopted significant amendments to the Arizona Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure (“ARCAP”) and related appellate rules in 2014. These amendments were effective January 1, 2015. Every attorney with an appeal in Arizona courts should review the ARCAP amendments and the Supreme Court Orders adopting them.
Mission Study and make recommendations on proposals and/or issues involving the various rules impacting civil practice as submitted by the Bar, third parties, and court-appointed committees and commissions. Prepare petitions regarding rule amendments and comments on third-party petitions as deemed necessary. Assist the superior court with local-rule conformance and restyling efforts. Time Commitment: The Committee meets approximately 9 times per year, usually on the first Thursday of the month, for up to 1.5 hours. Additional time may be required outside of the scheduled meetings.
For more information, please contact:
4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016-6266