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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, 2021

  • Preliminary Draft of Proposed Rules Amendments: Proposed amendments to Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure 3, 6, and 42 and Forms 1 and 2; Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure 2005, 3007, 7007.1, and 9036; and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 7.1.

Potentially Effective December 1, 2020

Effective December 1, 2019

Effective December 1, 2018

Effective December 1, 2017

Effective December 1, 2016

Effective December 1, 2015