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Rules of Practice and Procedure: Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure

The resources presented here are among the resources prepared and collected by the Federal Judicial Center on Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Public Comment

  • Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment: When an advisory committee recommends an amendment to the rules, it must obtain the approval of the Judicial Conference's standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure to publish the proposed amendment for public comment. During the comment period, which typically runs from August to February, the public is encouraged to submit written comments and may also request to testify at public hearings on the proposed amendment.

 
Potentially Effective December 1, 2018

  • Amendments Package Transmitted to Congress.
  • Amendments Package Transmitted to the Supreme Court: Proposed amendments to Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure 8, 11, 25, 26, 28.1, 29, 31, 39, and 41, and Forms 4 and 7; Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure 3002.1, 5005, 7004, 7062, 8002, 8006, 8007, 8010, 8011, 8013, 8015, 8016, 8017, 8021, 8022, 9025, new Rule 8018.1, new Part VIII Appendix, and Forms 417A and 417C; Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 5, 23, 62, and 65.1; and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 12.4, 45, and 49.

 
Effective December 1, 2017

 
Effective December 1, 2016

 
Effective December 1, 2015