New Rule 1 of The Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure
From MN Bench Book - Trial Procedures & Practices for Judges
Under a revised Rule 1 of the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure, effective July 1, 2013, it is now the responsibility of the Court and the parties to perform a proportionality assessment, relative to:
The amount in controversy,
The complexity and importance of the issues involved in the case,
The needs of the case
The parties’ resources
The proportionality concept derives from European law. This “rule of common sense” invests the Court with considerable discretion in deciding both costs and discovery issues. This Rule is rather broad and together with the inherent powers of the Court this rule can be used to streamline low value cases and structure and coordinate more complex cases.