The United States District Court for the Southern District Court of Florida is now revising it’s Local Rule 16.1 on Pretrial Procedure in Civil Actions. (In the interests of full disclosure, I am a member of that Court, but am not on the Committee that prepared the proposed revisions.) The revisions pertain to Rule 16.1(b), Scheduling Conference and Order. Unless the judges change their mind at an en banc hearing on October 5, 2017 to consider any comments (very unlikely), the amendments will go into effect on December 1, 2017. These amendments include an excellent new 33-point e-discovery checklist.
The main revision in the local rules is the addition of a new subsection (K) under 16.1(b)(2) Conference Report that lists what must be included in the attorneys’ report:
(K) any issues about: (i) disclosure, discovery, or preservation of electronically stored information, including the form or forms in which it…
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