Court adopts rules revisions

The Tennessee Supreme Court has adopted extensive revisions to the state rules of practice procedure and evidence effective July 1, subject to ratification by the Tennessee General Assembly. The amendments to the Rules of Appellate Procedure, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Procedure and Rules of Evidence come as a result of the rules commission process employed by the court in developing and vetting rules proposals.

Among the revisions to the rules are new rules on the discovery of electronically stored information, the so-called "e-discovery amendments."

In addition, a part of the package is a rule amendment recommended by the TBA as part of its 4ALL campaign. This proposal, developed by Danny Van Horn, makes explicit permission for residual funds from class action cases to be granted to the Tennessee Voluntary Fund for Indigent Civil Representation (TVFICR). The TVFICR is known colloquially as the cy pres fund.

Review all of the rules revisions at www.tba.org/journal_links