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Pending Rules Amendments

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Any change to the federal rules must be designed to promote simplicity in procedure, fairness in administration, the just determination of litigation, and the elimination of unjustifiable expense and delay.

The process for promulgating an amendment to a rule or form involves several levels of consideration and approval, the first of which is consideration and approval by the appropriate advisory committee and then the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. Following approval by the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, proposed amendments must be considered and approved by the Judicial Conference, the Supreme Court, and then Congress. Below are proposed rules and forms amendments currently under consideration at each level following approval by the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Amendments Approved by the Rules Committees – Pending Judicial Conference Review

  • There are no rules amendments currently under review.

Amendments Approved by the Judicial Conference – Pending Supreme Court Review

At its March 2013 and September 2013 sessions, the Judicial Conference approved the following amendments, and agreed to transmit them to the Supreme Court for consideration with a recommendation that they be adopted by the Court and transmitted to Congress in accordance with the law:

  • Appellate Rule 6
  • Bankruptcy Rules 1014, 7004, 7008, 7054, 8001–8028, 9023, and 9024
  • Criminal Rules 5, 6, 12, 34, and 58
  • Civil Rule 77(c)(1)
  • Evidence Rules 801(d)(1)(B) and 803(6)–(8)

The Reports of the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure provide detailed information concerning these pending amendments and revisions.

Amendments Adopted by the Supreme Court – Pending Congressional Review

  • There are no rules amendments currently under review.