In continuing the series of essays which evaluate and document the phenomenon of federal civil justice reform, this essay initially affords an update on recent developments in civil justice reform at the national level and in the United States District Court for the District of Montana (Montana District). The essay emphasizes the conclusion of two major studies that analyze the national reform effort and the submission to Congress of reports and a recommendation, which were premised substantially on these studies, by the Judicial Conference of the United States. The essay also stresses the completion by the Ninth Circuit District Local Rules Review Committee of its work as well as issues implicating case assignments and the future of civil justice reform in the Montana District. The essay concludes with a look into the future.
Carl Tobias, Nearing the End of Federal Civil Justice Reform In Montana, 59 Mont. L. Rev. 95 (1998)