MRE Restyle Up for Comment

June 6, 2016 § Leave a comment

This is your last week to comment on the MSSC’s proposed restyle of the rules of evidence. You can access them at this link.

The project was undertaken by the MSSC Advisory Committee on Rules, with a goal of making our MRE conform more closely to the federal rules restyle. No substantive changes were made. Rather, the subcommittee applied principles of restyling applied by the federal panels so as to make our rules clearer, easier to understand, and better organized for clarity.

You can read them and judge for yourself. My opinion is that this restyling will be a major improvement over what we have now, and will aid practitioners and judges in applying the MRE.

Asst. Atty. General Ed Snyder and MCLaw prof. Matt Steffey did most of the heavy lifting, and other subcommittee members assisted.

The Rules Advisory Committee, of which I am a member, has some other big projects in the pipeline. Stay tuned.

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