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Open Meetings and Hearings of the Rules Committee

Meetings

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.

Hearings

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.

During the COVID-19 emergency, if a rules committee meeting is held virtually and you would like to join by telephone conference, please email: RulesCommittee_Secretary@ao.uscourts.gov.

2020/2021 Meetings and Hearings

1/7/20 Bankruptcy Rules Hearing
CANCELED
Kansas City, MO
1/27/20

Appellate, Bankruptcy, and Civil Rules Hearing
CANCELED

Phoenix, AZ
1/28/20 Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure Meeting Phoenix, AZ
4/1/20 Civil Rules Meeting Telephone Conference
4/2-3/20 Bankruptcy Rules Meeting Telephone Conference
4/3/20 Appellate Rules Meeting Telephone Conference
5/5/20 Criminal Rules Meeting Telephone Conference
5/8/20 Evidence Rules Meeting
CANCELED
Washington, DC
6/23/20 Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure Meeting Telephone Conference
9/22/20 Bankruptcy Rules Meeting Video or Telephone Conference
10/16/20 Civil Rules Meeting Video or Telephone Conference
10/19/20 Appellate Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
10/20/20 Appellate Rules Meeting Video or Telephone Conference
11/2/20 Criminal Rules Meeting Video or Telephone Conference
11/4/20 Criminal Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
11/10/20 Civil Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
11/13/20 Evidence Rules Meeting Video or Telephone Conference
01/04/21 Appellate Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
01/05/21 Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure Meeting Houston, TX
01/07/21 Bankruptcy Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
01/22/21 Civil Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
01/25/21 Criminal Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
01/29/21 Bankruptcy Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference