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Open Meetings and Hearings of the Rules Committee


The Standing Committee and each of the Advisory Rules Committees typically meet twice per year. Committee meetings are open to the public, except when a committee — in open session and with a majority present — determines that it is in the public interest to have all or part of the meeting closed and states the reason.


The advisory committees conduct public hearings on all proposed amendments unless: (1) it is canceled for lack of public interest; (2) the Standing Committee determines that the administration of justice requires a proposed rule change to be expedited and that appropriate notice to the public can still be provided and public comment obtained; or (3) the Standing Committee determines that the proposed amendment is technical and conforming in nature. The hearings are held at the times and places that the advisory committee's chair determines and are recorded. The transcripts and/or testimony from the public hearings are available here.

In addition to the below list of recent meetings and hearings, notices providing the time and place of each meeting or hearing are published in the Federal Register.

2017/2018 Meetings and Hearings

9/26/17 Bankruptcy Rules Meeting Washington, D.C.
10/24/17 Criminal Rules Meeting Chicago, IL
10/24/17 Criminal Rules Hearing Chicago, IL
10/26/17 - 10/27/17 Evidence Rules Meeting Boston, MA
10/27/17 Evidence Rules Hearing Boston, MA
11/7/17 Civil Rules Meeting Washington, D.C.
11/9/17 Appellate Rules Meeting Washington, D.C.
11/9/17 Appellate Rules Hearing Washington, D.C.
1/5/18 Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure Meeting Phoenix, AZ
1/5/18 Appellate Rules Hearing Phoenix, AZ
1/5/18 Criminal Rules Hearing Phoenix, AZ
1/5/18 Evidence Rules Hearing Phoenix, AZ
1/17/18 Bankruptcy Rules Hearing Washington, D.C.
1/30/18 Bankruptcy Rules Hearing Pasadena, CA