TO: Joint Procedure Committee
FROM: Andy Forward
DATE: March 30, 2010
RE: Rule 13, N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R., Judicial Referees
Staff has prepared amendments to Rule 13 based on the time computation amendments made to the federal rules. The principal simplifying innovation is to count all days, including intermediate weekends and holidays, in computing time periods under the procedural rules. Under the previous rules, intermediate weekends and holidays were omitted when computing short periods but included when computing longer periods. Under the amended rules, intermediate weekends and holidays are counted regardless of the length of the specified period.
To further simplify time-counting, the federal advisory committees proposed changing most periods of less than 30 days to multiples of 7 days. The advisory committees adopted 7, 14, 21, and 28-day periods when possible, so that deadlines will usually fall on weekdays.
In Section 8, line 53, the time period to request a district court judge was increased from five to seven days after service of initiating documents.
In Section 11(a), lines 65, 68, the time period to request a review from a district court judge was increased from five to seven days after service of the right to review. The time to respond to a request for review was increased from 10 to 14 days after service of notice of the request.
Some form and style amendments are also proposed.
The proposed amendments to Rule 13 are attached.