New MRCP

May 18, 2020 § Leave a comment

As I mentioned here before, the MSSC’s advisory committee on civil rules spent two years combing through the MRCP to identify language that needs to be updated, changed to reflect case law, and otherwise revised. A slew of proposed changes were sent up from the committee.

My earlier post is at this link.

This week the court handed down orders granting the committee’s motions on Rs 1 (Scope of the Rules), 15 (Amendments), 43 (Taking of Testimony), 63 (Disability of a Judge), and 71A (Eminent Domain). These particular amendments are minor and eliminate redundant and non-useful matter. The changes take effect July 1, 2020.

Proposed changes to Rs 6 and 56 are up for comment. The changes to 56 are particularly noteworthy.

This batch of amendments are likely harbingers of more to come, and you need to pay attention to what the court is doing so that you comply with and adapt to the changes.

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