Much activity related to civil procedure recently occurred that could significantly affect practice in the Montana Federal District Court. During October 1991, the Committee to Redraft the Uniform District Court Rules (Local Rules Committee), which is charged with considering revision of the local rules, issued an Interim Report that includes suggested changes in those rules. The Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States (Standing Committee) distributed in August 1991 preliminary drafts of proposals to amend in varying degrees eighteen Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Advisory Group to Implement the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 (Group) also presented in August its report for consideration by the Montana Federal District Court in developing and implementing a civil expense and delay reduction plan.

Certain of these suggestions for change, if adopted as recommended, could have important impacts on federal court practice in Montana. Many members of the bar may be unaware of these recent developments involving procedure. It is necessary, therefore, to examine the procedural proposals that the various entities responsible for procedural revision have made. This essay undertakes that effort.

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