TO: Joint Procedure Committee
FROM: Mike Hagburg
DATE: May 1, 2009
RE: Rule 53, N.D.R.Civ.P., Masters
Staff has prepared amendments to Rule 53 based on the federal form and style amendments. The amendments are intended 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 Committee did a considerable amount of work on Rule 53 in response to the 2003 federal amendments, so the proposed changes are relatively minor.
The proposed amendments to Rule 53 are attached along with a copy of the amendments
to the federal rule.