Jeffrey N. Catalano was quoted in a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly news article published Feb. 1, 2016 on proposed rules designed to expedite Superior Court civil cases.
Mr. Catalano told the publication that encouraging more collaboration among parties and scheduling conferences with the court could make cases more efficient, but the challenge will be getting everyone to agree.
“The more expectations you put on the parties to agree to things, the more challenging it’s going to be,” said Mr. Catalano, who expressed concern over verbiage that would enable a judge to overrule the objections of one of the sides.
“I would not like one side to impose a schedule on the other side that is completely incompatible with the case,” he said.
The court should be careful about restricting witnesses, Mr. Catalano said, noting: “There needs to be some flexibility, because oftentimes during discovery you learn what other witnesses exist or what other potential parties you need to add to the case.”