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.
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.
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 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.
- Submit or Review Comments on the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
- Submit or Review Comments on the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Bankruptcy Forms
- Submit or Review Comments on the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
- Submit or Review Comments on the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
Detailed instructions on how to submit a comment are given in the Regulations.gov FAQs.