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
- Official Bankruptcy Forms 3A, 3B, 6 Summary, 17 (to become 17A), 22A (to become 22A-1, 22A-1 Supp, and 22A-2), 22B, and 22C (to become 22C-1 and 22C-2), and new Forms 17B and 17C, to take effect on December 1, 2014
- Civil Rules 1, 6, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, and 55, and proposed abrogation of Rule 84 and the Appendix of Forms
Amendments Approved by the Judicial Conference – Pending Supreme Court Review
- There are no rules amendments currently under review.
Amendments Adopted by the Supreme Court – Pending Congressional Review
The following rules were adopted by Supreme Court and transmitted to Congress in April 2014:
- 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
- Evidence Rules 801(d)(1)(B) and 803(6)–(8)
The rules, orders adopting the rules, and letters of transmittal are available on the website of the Supreme Court of the United States (broken down by set of rules and listed under April 28, 2014) and here.