On September 14, 2010, the Judicial Conference met and approved the recommendations of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and approved the following proposed rules and forms amendments and new rules:
• Appellate Rules 4 and 40;
• Bankruptcy Rules 2003, 2019, 3001, 4004, 6003; new Rules 1004.2 and 3002.1; and amendments to Official Forms 9A, 9C, 9I, 20A, 20B, 22A, 22B, and 22C;
• Criminal Rules 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 32, 40, 41, 43, and 49, and new Rule 4.1; and
• Restyled Evidence Rules 101-1103.
In addition, the Judicial Conference also approved the recommendation of the Committee to seek legislation amending 28 U.S.C. § 2107 consistent with the proposed amendment to Appellate Rule 4. The Judicial Conference also approved the recommendation of the Committee that its report and recommendations on sealing cases be transmitted to the Court Administration and Case Management Committee for its consideration.
The proposed amendments — with the exception of the Bankruptcy Official Forms — will be transmitted to the Supreme Court with a recommendation that they be approved and transmitted to Congress in accordance with the Rules Enabling Act. The revisions to Official Forms 9A, 9C, 9I, 20A, 20B, 22A, 22B, and 22C will take effect on December 1, 2010, in accordance with Bankruptcy Rule 9009. The Committee’s report and appendices containing the proposed amendments may be accessed by clicking on this link, http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/FederalRulemaking/PublishedRules/JudConfReportSept10.aspx. The report, summary, and appendices may also be found on this page, http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/FederalRulemaking/ResearchingRules/Reports.aspx.