Revisiting Procedural Conformity Statutes
Western State University Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 1
28 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2008
This piece is a part of a symposium about state civil procedure. I suggest that states could enact statutes conforming state civil procedure to federal civil procedure. I consider the merits of procedural conformity statutes, and begin to unpack the reasons for the resistance to such reforms. I suggest that one strand of that resistance may be traceable to an oft-repeated historical narrative that recounts the failure of conformity statutes. Under various process acts between 1789 and 1938, federal court procedure in law cases was governed by the procedural rules of the state court in which the federal court sat. Ultimately replaced by a set of uniform Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, conformity statutes have since been in disrepute. My narrow effort here is to demonstrate that the pathogens of the earlier conformity regime would not similarly infect a state statute conforming state procedure to the federal model.
Keywords: Confirmity, Uniformity, Civil Procedure, State Procedure
JEL Classification: K40, K41
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