Mercer Law Review, Vol. 37, No. 1 (1985), pp. 413-441


This Article highlights significant developments in trial practice and procedure during the survey period. These developments include legislative changes that extend the privilege of renewal to actions first commenced in federal court and that shorten slightly the period in which a plaintiff can voluntarily dismiss an action by notice. An important judicial contribution occurred when the supreme court adopted the Uniform Superior Court Rules and similar rules for each of the other classes of trial courts. These uniform rules apply statewide and supersede and limit local rules of court. The new uniform rules deserve careful reading in their entirety, but because of their length and detail, this survey will discuss only selected provisions in conjunction with relevant sections of the Civil Practice Act.