"The study proposes new tools to address abusive, inappropriate, disproportionate and wasteful litigation conduct. It also identifies a number of steps – many novel – to improve access to the Federal Courts, particularly by self-represented parties. "
"The study is the product of a comprehensive policy review of the practices and procedures of the Federal Courts. A national subcommittee chaired by Justice David Stratas and comprised of thirteen judges, prothonotaries, lawyers and court personnel conducted the policy review. " (...)
"Overall, the subcommittee found that, by and large, the practices and procedures of the Federal Courts work well. However, it urged that certain reforms be made to meet contemporary needs and circumstances."
"Under the proposals, the vast majority of litigants – those who conduct their cases reasonably – will see little change. But those few who engage in abusive, inappropriate and disproportionate litigation conduct may find themselves on the receiving end of stiff
new measures. The study decries the costs they impose on other litigants and the Federal Courts system. "
"Noting the rising tide of litigation conducted by self-represented parties, the study urges a top-to-bottom examination of the rules to make them more understandable and accessible
and offers tangible ideas for the aggressive use of web technologies to make self-help by lay-litigants a reality. It also recommends judicial education on the creative but acceptable ways in which the rules can be used to further access to justice."
As Michel de Montaigne would say, "Je vais au change indiscrètement et tumultuairement - mon style et mon esprit vont vagabondant de même" (Essais, III, 9, De la vanité): I go where my fancy leads me, but my fancy always leads back to the law
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