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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, please email RulesCommittee_Secretary@ao.uscourts.gov.

Meetings and Hearings Calendar

9/14/21 Bankruptcy Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
10/5/21 Civil Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
10/7/21 Appellate Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
11/4/21 Criminal Rules Committee Meeting San Diego, CA
11/5/21 Evidence Rules Committee Meeting San Diego, CA
11/8/21 Criminal Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
1/4/22 Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure Meeting Miami, FL
1/6/22 Civil Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
1/7/22 Bankruptcy Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
1/11/22 Criminal Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
1/14/22 Appellate Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
1/21/22 Evidence Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
1/28/22 Appellate Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
1/28/22 Bankruptcy Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
2/4/22 Civil Rules Hearing Video or Telephone Conference
3/29/22 Civil Rules Committee Meeting TBD
3/30/22 Appellate Rules Committee Meeting TBD
3/31/22 Bankruptcy Rules Committee Meeting TBD
4/28/22 Criminal Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
5/6/22 Evidence Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
6/7/22 Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure Meeting Washington, DC
9/15/22 Bankruptcy Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
10/12/22 Civil Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
10/13/22 Appellate Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
10/27/22 Criminal Rules Committee Meeting TBD
10/28/22 Evidence Rules Committee Meeting TBD
1/4/23 Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure Meeting TBD
3/28/23 Civil Rules Committee Meeting TBD
3/29/23 Appellate Rules Committee Meeting TBD
3/30/23 Bankruptcy Rules Committee Meeting TBD
4/20/23 Criminal Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
4/21/23 Evidence Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
6/6/23 Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure Meeting Washington, DC
9/14/23 Bankruptcy Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
10/17/23 Civil Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
10/19/23 Appellate Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
10/26/23 Criminal Rules Committee Meeting TBD
10/27/23 Evidence Rules Committee Meeting TBD
1/4/24 Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure Meeting TBD
4/9/24 Civil Rules Committee Meeting TBD
4/10/24 Appellate Rules Committee Meeting TBD
4/11/24 Bankruptcy Rules Committee Meeting TBD
4/18/24 Criminal Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
4/19/24 Evidence Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
6/4/24 Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure Meeting Washington, DC
9/12/24 Bankruptcy Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
10/9/24 Appellate Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
10/10/24 Civil Rules Committee Meeting Washington, DC
11/7/24 Criminal Rules Committee Meeting TBD
11/8/24 Evidence Rules Committee Meeting TBD