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Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

When an advisory committee recommends an amendment to the rules, it must obtain the approval of the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure to publish the proposed amendment for public comment. Once approved, the public comment period is open for six months—from mid-August until mid-February. During the comment period, the public is encouraged to submit written comments and may also request to testify at public hearings on the proposed amendment.  

In 2015, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Pratice and Procedure approved publication of the following proposed rules amendments:

  • Bankruptcy Rules 1001 and 1006; and
  • Evidence Rules 803 and 902.

The comment period opened on August 14, 2015, and closed on February 16, 2016.  Read the text of the proposed amendments and supporting materials:

Preliminary Draft of Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence (pdf)

Public Hearings

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

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 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 FAQs.