TO: Joint Procedure Committee
FROM: Andy Forward
DATE: March 31, 2010
RE: Rule 23, N.D.R.Civ.P., Class Actions
Staff has prepared amendments to Rule 23 based on the federal form and style amendments. The amendments are intended to make the rule more easily understood and to make style and terminology consistent throughout the rules. The amendments also aim to modernize the rule, removing references to obsolete authority and practices.
The existing rule and the federal rule are substantially different. Form and style changes are proposed. The proposed amendments to Rule 23 are attached along with a copy of the amendments to the federal rule.