The Montana Federal District Court has been experimenting with practically all of the procedures that it included in the civil justice expense and delay reduction plan that the district formally promulgated in April 1992 under the Civil Justice Reform Act (CJRA) of 1990. The Article III judges and the magistrate judges and numerous Montana federal court practitioners have now accumulated considerable experience with the procedures instituted, while efforts are presently being undertaken to evaluate most of the procedures. Numerous new development.s regarding national implementation of federal civil justice reform have also been occurring. Important developments that implicate federal civil justice reform nationally and in the Montana District warrant assessment, so that federal court practitioners in this state are informed of these significant changes in federal civil litigation.
Carl Tobias, More on Federal Civil Justice Reform in Montana, 54 Mont. L. Rev. 357 (1993)