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Federal Rules of Practice & Procedure

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The federal rules of practice and procedure govern litigation in the federal courts. This site provides access to the federal rules and forms in effect, information on the rulemaking process (including proposed and pending rules amendments), and historical and archival records.

Current Rules of Practice and Procedure

National federal rules and forms in effect, as well as links to local rules prescribed by district courts and courts of appeal.

Pending Rules Amendments

The process for promulgating an amendment to a rule or form involves several levels of consideration and approval. Below are rules amendments currently under consideration at each step in the process.

Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure were approved for publication by the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure in May 2014. Your comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted from August 15, 2014, until February 17, 2015.

About the Rulemaking Process

From beginning to end, it usually takes two to three years for a suggestion to be enacted as a rule. This section explains the rulemaking process and its governing laws and procedures, provides information on the membership and meetings of the rules committees, and contains instructions on how to submit a suggestion for a rule amendment.

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts archives and maintains the records of the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and is charged with providing public access to the records.