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Pending Rules and Forms Amendments

Any change to the federal rules must be designed to promote simplicity in procedure, fairness in administration, the just determination of litigation, and the elimination of unjustifiable expense and delay.

An amendment to a federal rule generally takes about three years.  As described in more detail at Overview for the Bench, Bar and Public, a proposed rule change is usually considered by an advisory committee and published for comment as part of a document called a Preliminary Draft during the first year of the process, considered by the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (the “Standing Committee”) and the Judicial Conference in the second year, and by the Supreme Court and Congress in the third year.

Below are the proposed amendments organized by the year they are projected to go into effect with links to the relevant Congressional, Supreme Court, Judicial Conference, Standing Committee, and Preliminary Draft, as such materials become available.1

December 1, 2022

  • Appellate Rules 25 and 42.
  • Bankruptcy Rules 1007, 1020, 2009, 2012, 2015, 3002, 3010, 3011, 3014, 3016, 3017.1, 3017.2 (new), 3018, 3019, 5005, 7004, and 8023.
  • Civil Rule 7.1 and Supplemental Rules for Social Security Review Actions Under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g).
  • Criminal Rule 16.

Supreme Court Package (pdf) – October 2021

Standing Committee Report to the Judicial Conference (pdf) – September 2021
(includes the listed amendments except for Civil 7.1)

Standing Committee Report to the Judicial Conference (pdf) – March 2021
(includes the Civil Rule 7.1 amendment)

Preliminary Draft of Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules (pdf) – August 2020
(includes the amendment to Appellate Rule 25, the Bankruptcy Rules amendments, the Supplemental Rules for Social Security Review Actions Under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), and the amendment to Criminal Rule 16)

Preliminary Draft of Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules (pdf) – August 2019
(includes the amendments to Appellate Rule 42 and Civil Rule 7.1)

1 Although the rules listed are projected to go into effect on the dates listed, they can be delayed for various reasons or withdrawn entirely.  Rule and form changes being considered by advisory committees can be found in their most recent agenda books or reports.