The Office of Court Administration has asked for public comment on two proposed changes to the rules of the Commercial Division.
The first proposed new rule would
amend. . . Commercial Division Rule 3 formally recognizing summary jury trials as an available ADR mechanism. . . . Presently, six of ten Commercial Division locations employ summary jury trials pursuant to local rules. . . . Summary jury trials are undertaken with the parties’ consent and generally involve a one-day jury trial with relaxed rules of evidence, limited time for jury selection and opening statements and summations, a limited number of live witnesses, and waivers of appeals and motions for directed verdicts.
The second proposed new rule would
amend Commercial Division Rule 6 requiring use of bookmarks in electronically-submitted memoranda of law, affidavits and affirmations listing document contents and facilitating easy navigation. A bookmark is an electronic functionality built into PDF documents that provides a listing of document contents and enables readers to navigate within documents and exhibits by clicking on the bookmark.
E-mail comments on these proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 10, 2015.