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How to Suggest a Change to the Rules of Practice and Procedure

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Both Congress and the Judiciary want the public to participate in drafting and refining federal court rules. Submitting a rule suggestion to one of the advisory committees triggers this cooperative process. Suggestions come from many sources, including judges, practicing attorneys, government agencies, academia, and bar associations.

Upon receipt of a suggestion, an agenda number is assigned to prepare an advisory committee's reporter and members for preliminary discussion at an upcoming meeting. The reporter normally analyzes the suggestion and makes appropriate recommendations to the advisory committee. If the committee decides to pursue the idea, it often seeks empirical research assistance from the Federal Judicial Center.

When an advisory committee decides that a particular change in the rules has merit, it normally asks its reporter to prepare a draft amendment to the rules and an explanatory committee note. The Standing Committee reviews the draft and then, if worthy of publication, broadly circulates the preliminary draft with a call for public comment. The Standing Committee also schedules hearings on the proposed changes to coincide with the public comment period.

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Suggest a Change to the Rules

by Email:

Rules_Support@ao.uscourts.gov

by Mail:

Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure
Administrative Office of the United States Courts
One Columbus Circle, NE
Washington, D.C. 20544