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Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.

The following proposed amendments were approved for publication by the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure in May 2014.

Preliminary Draft of Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure (pdf)

On August 15, 2014, the public comment period opens for proposed amendments to:

  • Appellate Rules 4, 5, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28.1, 29, 32, 35, and 40, and Forms 1, 5, 6, and New Form 7;
  • Bankruptcy Rules 1010, 1011, 2002, 3002, 3002.1, 3007, 3012, 3015, 4003, 5009, 7001, 9006, and 9009, and New Rule 1012, and Official Forms 11A, 11B, 106J, 201, 202, 204, 205, 206Sum, 206A/B, 206D, 206E/F, 206G, 206H, 207, 309A, 309B, 309C, 309D, 309E, 309F, 309G, 309H, 309I, 312, 313, 314, 315, 401, 410, 410A, 410S1, 410S2, 416A, 416B, 416D, 424, and Instructions, and new Official Forms 106J-2 and 113;
  • Civil Rules 4, 6, and 82; and
  • Criminal Rules 4, 41, and 45.

The public comment period closed on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.

Public Hearings

Members of the public who wish to present testimony may appear at public hearings on the proposed amendments.

Appellate Rules Hearing, Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2015) (pdf)

Bankruptcy Rules Public Hearing (January 23, 2015) (pdf)

Criminal Rules Public Hearing, Washington, D.C. (November 5, 2014) (pdf)

Testimony Submitted for November 5, 2014 Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (pdf)

How to Submit and Review Comments on the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules

Your comments are welcome on all aspects of each proposal. The advisory committees will review all timely comments, which are made part of the official record and are available to the public.

How to Submit Comments:

Comments and supporting files must be submitted electronically using the Regulations.gov portal. After choosing the appropriate link below, click the "Submit a Comment" link. This will display the comment web form. You can then enter your submitter information and attach your comment as a file (up to 10MB), or type your comment directly on the web form. When you have finished attaching or typing your comment, click the "Preview Comment" link to review. Once you are satisfied with your comment, click the "Submit" button to send your comment to the advisory committees. Upon completion, you will receive a tracking number for your submission.

Detailed instructions on how to submit a comment are given in the Regulations.gov FAQs.