Rules of Appellate Procedure – Comment Period Closes May 23, 2021

URAP015. Petitions for review in tax cases. Amend. The proposed amendments to Rule 15: (1) remove the statutory citations in 15(a) and 15(c); (2) rework the language in 15(c); and (3) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

URAP025. Amicus curiae briefs. Amend. The proposed amendments to Rule 25: (1) modify the language throughout to rule to mirror the federal rule; (2) incorporate the language from Rule 50 regarding amicus curiae briefs; (3) allow an amicus curiae brief to be filed without leave of court if all parties have consented to its filing; (4) provide a word count length requirement; (5) change the due date from 21 days to 14 days in 25(d); and (6) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

URAP050. Response; reply. Amend. The proposed amendments to Rule 50: (1) remove all mention of amicus curiae briefs and incorporate that language into Rule 25; (2) replace the phrase “subject index” with “table of contents” in 50(b); (3) change the due date from 14 days to 7 days in 50(d); (4) incorporate Standing Order 11; and (5) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

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Code of Judicial Administration – Comment Period Closes April 29, 2021

CJA01-0204. Executive committees (AMEND). Allows the Policy and Planning Committee, Liaison Committee, and Budget and Fiscal Management Committee to each determine their own schedule for electing chairs.

CJA02-0103. Open and closed meetings (AMEND). Adds the category of “safeguarded” to the list of reasons that a Council meeting may be closed. The amendment corrects an oversight. The rule wasn’t updated when “safeguarded court records” were added as a classification in CJA rule 4-202.02.

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Rules of Juvenile Procedure – Comment Period Closes April 25, 2021

URJP016. Transfer of delinquency case. Amended. Makes revisions to transferring delinquency cases between judicial districts to reflect statutory changes made by H.B. 285 Juvenile Recodification.

URJP016A. Transfer of a non-delinquency proceeding. New. A new rule establishing procedures for transferring non-delinquency cases between judicial districts in response to statutory changes contained in H.B. 285 Juvenile Recodification.

URJP017. The petition. Amended. Updates statutory references and makes revisions to the contents to be included in a petition for termination of parental rights to reflect statutory changes contained in H.B. 285 Juvenile Recodification.

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Rules of Evidence – Comment Period Closed March 25, 2021

URE0507.01.   (NEW). Behavioral Or Medical Emergency Services Technician-Patient. New evidentiary privilege covering confidential communications between a patient and a medical or behavioral emergency services technician, made during the provision of behavioral emergency services. This rule is a companion to proposed Senate Bill 53 (SB 53), creating a new first responder position—Behavioral Emergency Services Technician (“BEST”)—and its adoption is dependent upon the passage of that bill. The effective date of the rule would coincide with the effective date of Department of Health guidelines governing the function and scope of the BEST position.

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Rules of Civil Procedure – Comment Period Closed March 22, 2021

DISCLOSURE AND DISCOVERY AMENDMENTS

URCP026. General provisions governing disclosure and discovery. Amend. The proposed amendments to Rule 26 extend several discovery timelines and clarify multiple provisions. The amendments also include the language currently proposed in SJR004 (2021), which addresses a party’s duty to pay an expert witness’s hourly fee for attendance at a deposition (lines 113-114).

FAMILY LAW AMENDMENTS
As a whole, the family law amendments below are intended to

URCP010. Form of pleadings and other papers. Amend.

URCP012. Defenses and objections. Amend.

URCP026. General provisions governing disclosure and discovery. Amend.

URCP026.01. Disclosure and discovery in domestic relations actions. Amend.

URCP100A. Case Management of Domestic Relations Actions. NEW.

URCP104. Divorce decree upon affidavit. Amend.

URCP106. Modification of final domestic relations order. Amend.

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