The chair of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee said he’s grateful the Supreme Court declined to order a wholesale adoption of a Judicial Management Council workgroup’s sweeping proposal for streamlining Florida’s civil justice system.

Saying “additional refinements” are needed, justices in a January 13 order said they would make a “series of phased referrals” to rules committees and other stakeholders.

The referral to the Civil Procedure Rules Committee sets a July 3 deadline to recommend ways to refine the workgroup’s proposed amendments to Rule 1.200 (Pretrial Procedure); Rule 1.201 (Complex Litigation); Rule 1.440 (Setting Action for Trial); Rule 1.280 (General Provisions Governing Discovery); and Rule 1.460 (Continuances).