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Materials About the Federal Rules

The materials listed below, produced or made available by the Center, are related to the Federal Rules of Procedure (civil, criminal, evidence, appellate, and bankruptcy).

For a list of projects or other reports of FJC research that the Center has published, click on Research Projects or Reports and Studies.

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Chapter 9 Online Repository: Rule 9019 Applicability to Settlement Agreements

This page includes a motion, objections thereto, related briefs, and an order/opinion regarding the applicability of Bankruptcy Rule 9019 to settlements in the Chapter 9 case. Rule 9019 provides, “[o]n motion by the trustee and after notice and a hearing, the court may approve a compromise or settlement.” This court determined that a Chapter 9 debtor does not need to seek approval of settlements reached during the Chapter 9 case.

Rule 9019 Applicability to Settlement Agreements is one of several Chapter 9 Online Repository categories.

Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9019 October 24, 2017
Chapter 9 Online Repository: Rule 2004 Examinations and Discovery

This page includes documents related to the use of discovery and the Rule 2004 examination and production process. A Chapter 9 debtor is obligated to provide only limited financial and operational information with its petition. Because of a Chapter 9 debtor’s limited disclosure obligations, creditors may request additional information through discovery or Rule 2004 examination process.

Rule 2004 Examinations and Discovery is one of several Chapter 9 Online Repository categories.

Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2004 October 24, 2017
Chapter 9 Online Repository: Appointment of Experts, Consultants, and Fee Examiners

This page includes documents related to the court’s appointment of an expert under Federal Rule of Evidence 706(a), of a non-testifying consultant, and of a fee examiner.

Appointment of Experts, Consultants, and Fee Examiners is one of several Chapter 9 Online Repository categories.

Fed. R. Evid. 706 October 23, 2017
Chapter 9 Online Repository: State Law, Local Rules, and Court Procedures

This page includes local rules and court procedures related to Chapter 9 bankruptcy, as well as information about related state law, including law regarding eligibility to file Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

State Law, Local Rules, and Court Procedures is one of several Chapter 9 Online Repository categories.

Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure October 23, 2017
Managing Discovery of Electronic Information, Third Edition

This third edition of the pocket guide on managing the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) covers the December 1, 2015, amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reflects the rise of new sources of ESI, particularly social media, and updates judges on how ESI may be searched. It also suggests case-management techniques that judges might use in smaller civil actions in which the costs of ESI discovery could hamper resolution on the merits.

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 26, Fed. R. Civil P. 45 September 20, 2017
Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project Users' Manual for the Northern District of Illinois

A detailed description of the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project, which begins for participating judges in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, on June 1, 2017.

A Federal Judicial Center website displays additional information about the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project in the Northern District of Illinois.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure July 4, 2017
The Elements of Case Management, Third Edition

A primer for judges on techniques and methods of case management.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure June 19, 2017
Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project Checklist for the Northern District of Illinois

A checklist itemizing the procedural requirements of the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project. The checklist is designed to be helpful to judges presiding over pilot cases and to attorneys participating in pilot cases as pilot requirements apply to the initial stages of discovery. The pilot project begins in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, on June 1, 2017.

A Federal Judicial Center website displays additional information about the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project in the Northern District of Illinois.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure May 20, 2017
Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project Electronic Filing Guide for the Northern District of Illinois

The Northern District of Illinois has created a specific list of events dedicated to the filing of pleadings under the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project. The complete list of pilot events are:

   Joint Certification to Defer Initial Discovery Deadline (Settlement)(MIDP)
   Motion to Defer Initial Discovery Response Deadline (MIDP)
   Motion to Defer Responsive Pleading Deadline (MIDP)
   Notice of Service of Responses to Mandatory Initial Discovery (MIDP)
   Notice of Service of Supplemental Mandatory Initial Discovery Responses (MIDP)
   Rule 26(f) Report re MIDP
   Stipulation re No Discovery Will Be Conducted (MIDP)

A Federal Judicial Center website displays additional information about the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project in the Northern District of Illinois.

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 26 May 18, 2017
Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure 2017—Transmittal to Congress

This package of materials was transmitted to Congress on April 27, 2017, concerning amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure to become effective on December 1, 2017.

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure are as follows:

  • Amendments to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4.
  • Amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure 1001, 1006, 1015, 2002, 3002, 3007, 3012, 3015, 4003, 7001, and 9009 and adoption of new Rule 3015.1.
  • Amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4.
  • Amendments to Federal Rules of Evidence 803 and 902(13) and (14).

Additional information about these amendments is available on the Federal Judicial Center’s website at Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure (webpage).

Information about rules amendments and the rule-making process is available on uscourts.gov at United States Courts Rules & Policies.

Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Fed. R. App. P. 4, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1001, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1006, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1015, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2002, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 3002, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 3007, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 3012, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 3015, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 4003, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7001, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9009, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fed. R. Civil P. 4, Federal Rules of Evidence, Fed. R. Evid. 803, Fed. R. Evid. 902 April 27, 2017

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