Text of Proposed Style Revision of the Criminal Rules

REQUEST FOR COMMENT
ALL WRITTEN COMMENTS DUE BY FEBRUARY 15, 2001

 

Table of Contents

REPORT

Letter of transmittal to Judge Anthony J. Scirica, Chair, Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, from Judge W. Eugene Davis, Chair, Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules (PDF)

1
   

RULES

TITLE I. APPLICABILITY OF RULES (PDF)

 

Rule 1. Scope; Definitions

9
Rule 2. Interpretation 15
   

TITLE II. PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS (PDF)

 

Rule 3. The Complaint

16
Rule 4. Arrest Warrant or Summons on a Complaint 17
Rule 5. Initial Appearance 21
Rule 5.1. Preliminary Hearing in a Felony Case 28
   

TITLE III. THE GRAND JURY, THE INDICTMENT, AND THE INFORMATION (PDF)

 
Rule 6. The Grand Jury 32
Rule 7. The Indictment and the Information 41
Rule 8. Joinder of Offenses or Defendants 44
Rule 9. Arrest Warrant or Summons on an Indictment or Information 45
   
TITLE IV. ARRAIGNMENT AND PREPARATION FOR TRIAL (PDF)  
Rule 10. Arraignment 48
Rule 11. Pleas 49
Rule 12. Pleadings and Pretrial Motions 57
Rule 12.1. Notice of Alibi Defense 61
Rule 12.2. Notice of Insanity Defense; Mental Examination 63
Rule 12.3. Notice of Public-Authority Defense 65
Rule 13. Joint Trial of Separate Cases 68
Rule 14. Relief From Prejudicial Joinder 69
Rule 15. Depositions 70
Rule 16. Discovery and Inspection 74
Rule 17. Subpoena 81
Rule 17.1. Pretrial Conference 84
   

TITLE V. VENUE (PDF)

 

Rule 18. Place of Prosecution and Trial

85
Rule 19. (Rescinded) 85
Rule 20. Transfer for Plea and Sentence 86
Rule 21. Transfer for Trial 89
Rule 22. (Rescinded) 90
   

TITLE VI. TRIAL (PDF)

 
Rule 23. Jury or Nonjury Trial 91
Rule 24. Trial Jurors 92
Rule 25. Judge's Disability 95
Rule 26. Taking Testimony 96
Rule 26.1. Foreign Law Determination 97
Rule 26.2. Producing a Witness's Statement 98
Rule 26.3. Mistrial 100
Rule 27. Proof of Official Record 101
Rule 28. Interpreters 102
Rule 29. Motion for Judgment of Acquittal 103

Rule 29.1. Closing Argument

105
Rule 30. Jury Instructions 106
Rule 31. Jury Verdict 107
   

TITLE VII. POST-CONVICTION PROCEDURES (PDF)

 

Rule 32. Sentencing and Judgment

109
Rule 32.1. Revoking or Modifying Probation or Supervised Release 121
Rule 32.2. Criminal Forfeiture 127
Rule 33. New Trial 132
Rule 34. Arresting Judgment 133
Rule 35. Correcting or Reducing a Sentence 134
Rule 36. Clerical Error 137

Rule 37. (Reserved)

138
Rule 38. Staying a Sentence or a Disability 138
Rule 39. (Reserved) 141
   

TITLE VIII. SUPPLEMENTARY AND SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS (PDF)

 

Rule 40. Arrest for Failing to Appear in Another District

141
Rule 41. Search and Seizure 144
Rule 42. Criminal Contempt 154
   

TITLE IX. GENERAL PROVISIONS (PDF)

 

Rule 43. Defendant's Presence

156

Rule 44. Right to and Appointment of Counsel

158
Rule 45. Computing and Extending Time 159
Rule 46. Release From Custody; Supervising Detention 162

Rule 47. Motions and Supporting Affidavits

166
Rule 48. Dismissal 167
Rule 49. Serving and Filing Papers 168

Rule 50. Prompt Disposition

169
Rule 51. Preserving Claimed Error 170
Rule 52. Harmless and Plain Error 171
Rule 53. Courtroom Photographing and Broadcasting Prohibited 172
Rule 54. (Reserved) 173
Rule 55. Records 177
Rule 56. When Court Is Open 178
Rule 57. District Court Rules 179
Rule 58. Petty Offenses and Other Misdemeanors 180
Rule 59. (Abrogated) 188
Rule 60. (Abrogated) 189
   

JUDICIAL CONFERENCE PROCEDURES

Procedures for the Conduct of Business by the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (PDF)

190
   

MEMBERS OF RULES COMMITTEES

Membership of Judicial Conference Rules Committees (PDF)

194
State Bar Points of Contact (PDF) 197