The Supreme Court has issued a per curiam opinion, In Re Special Task Force on Practice and Procedure in Civil Cases.
The Task Force was appointed on August 2, 2013 (http://opinions.aoc.arkansas.gov/WebLink8/Browse.aspx?startid=39345).
One issue remains and will be addressed by the Task Force in a supplemental report: “The issue is whether to include in Ark. R. Evid. 702 a ‘same specialty’ requirement for experts in actions for medical injury.” See FN1.
A 60-day public comment period begins today. The proposed changes are in the following rules:
ARK. R. CIV. P. 3. Commencement of Action: “Clerk” Defined; Separate Actions and Filing Fees; Notice of Medical Injury.
ARK. R. CIV. P. 9. Pleading Special Matters.
ARK. R. CIV. P. 11. Signing of Pleadings, Motions, and Other Papers; Sanctions.
ARK. R. CIV. P. 11.1. Actions for Medical Injury; Certificate of Expert Consultation.
ARK. R. CIV. P. 42. Consolidation; Separate Trials.
ARK. R. CIV. P. 49. Verdicts and Interrogatories.
ARK. R. CIV. P. 52. Findings by the Court.
Ark. R. App. P.-Civ. 8. Stay Pending Appeal.
You may send comments to the Clerk of Courts via snail mail to:
Attn: Clerk of the Courts
625 Marshall Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Please use these opportunities to participate in your judiciary.