Cal. Litig. 2019, Volume 32, Number 3

California-Federal Procedural Contrast: Conjecture About Selected Differences

By Bill Slomanson

Professor Slomanson is an Instructor, San Diego State University Osher Institute, and Professor Emeritus, Thomas Jefferson School of Law.


Numerous revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and to California’s procedural rules have made it difficult to absorb just the intra-system changes one must keep track of to manage a busy law practice or judicial calendar. Litigators and judges simply have no time to focus on the inter-system procedural differences between California’s two judicial systems. That is seemingly the job of the horde of state and federal reform entities. Yet there is no "go to" institution with the resources to routinely identify and track these systemic mismatches.

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