Escalating Cost of Civil Litigation Task Force
In January 2011, the Board of Governors created the Task Force on the Escalating Cost of Civil Litigation to assess the costs of civil litigation in Washington state courts and develop recommendations to control costs. The task force charter adopted by the Board defined costs as attorney time and expenses advanced for the purpose of litigation. The charter directed the task force to focus on the types of litigation that are typically filed in superior courts and district courts of Washington and to survey neighboring and similarly situated states to compare the cost of litigation in Washington.
Seattle attorney and former Board member Russ Aoki chaired the 17-member task force along with 10 other WSBA members. The task force also included two members who practice in federal courts, one who is licensed and practices in Oregon, a judge from each level of court (limited jurisdiction, superior, and appellate), and a representative of the court clerks' association. View the member roster.
The task force first met on July 12, 2011, and concluded its last meeting on May 20, 2015. All meetings were held at the WSBA offices. Meeting Minutes.
The task force considered several factors that impact litigation costs:
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June 15, 2015
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