Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, efficiency, civil justice reform, civil procedure
As lawyers celebrate (or mourn) the first anniversary of the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, it is worth noting that last year's amendments marked a major philosophical metamorphosis in our theory of civil justice. They reflect an attempt to move away from a system aptly suited to war analogies and toward increased cooperation between the parties and "hands-on" management by the judiciary. This, in turn, is supposed to encourage efficiency--the oft-cited yet elusive goal of civil justice reform.
Susan J. Becker, Perspectives: The Federal Rules' Quest for Efficiency, 20 Litigation News no. 2 (December 1994-January 1995) at p. 12