S. Eckley, Assistant Counsel, Iowa Supreme Court,
Civil Justice Reform Task Force Releases Final Report
Moines, March 14, 2012 —
Today, the task force
established to propose reforms to Iowa's civil justice system released its
final report, which is posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website. The
Iowa Civil Justice Reform Task Force studied and considered court innovations
to make Iowa's civil justice system faster, less complicated, more affordable,
and better equipped to handle the demands of Iowa litigants and users of the
civil justice system.
December 2009 the Iowa Supreme Court appointed a 14-member steering committee
to oversee the work of the task force. In August 2010, seventy-one
additional justice system stakeholders from across Iowa joined the task
force. The membership represented business, labor, medicine, industry,
consumer groups, the bench and the bar. For more than a year, the task
force studied innovative litigation procedures and programs that work well in
other parts of the country.
dedicated group of 84 volunteers representing all shareholders in our court
system engaged in a comprehensive assessment of the Iowa civil justice system,
including a broad survey of all Iowa lawyers and judges, to identify new court
processes and improvements in current practices that will promote efficiencies
and reduce the often substantial costs of non-domestic civil cases," said
Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht, the chair of the task force.
task force has submitted its report to the Iowa Supreme Court, which will
review the recommendations and findings contained in the report and consider
implementation of cost-effective and promising reforms that will match the
needs of Iowans.
report is on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at:
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