The Supreme Court has released a report recommending procedural rule changes that would impose more judicial control on civil cases, tighten rules (including tougher sanctions) for discovery, depositions, and continuances, and have reports to the Supreme Court when judges don’t expeditiously rule on motions and decide cases.

The Judicial Management Council’s Workgroup on Improved Resolution of Civil Cases is proposing numerous changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure and the Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration.

(Although the report addressed civil cases, the proposed new rule requiring judges to rule expeditiously would apply to all cases.)