Act Nos. 78 and 391 of the 2013 Regular Session were addressed by Rep. Neil Abramson of the Louisiana House of Representatives, District 98, and William Forrester of the Louisiana Law Institute on July 9, 2013 at the committee meeting, lunch, and roundtable discussion of recent amendments to the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure hosted by Douglas Grundmeyer and Jonathan McCall, Co-Chairs of the NOBA Appellate Practice Committee. The participants and their featured guests touched on the following procedural revisions of particular interest:
* Changes to La. Code Civ. P. art. 1702 concerning the evidentiary requirements for proving a prima facie case to confirm a preliminary default and making a record for the appellate court to review the sufficiency of the evidence for a default judgment;
* New procedures in La. Code Civ. P. art. 1951 for trial courts to make non-substantive amendments to the phraseology of final judgments and to correct technical errors upon motion and a noticed hearing, by consent, or by certificate filed in the court record after notice and an opportunity for objections;
* Recent amendments to La. Code Civ. P. art. 966 to simplify the procedures for submitting summary-judgment evidence and for raising objections to it.
Rep. Abramson and Mr. Forrester further discussed the mission of the Louisiana Law Institute in advising the Louisiana Legislature and making recommendations to improve laws.
Read the Appellate Practice Committee's recent article from the Spring 2013 issue of Briefly Speaking here /uploads/files/AppellateLaw.pdf