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Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

When an advisory committee recommends an amendment to its rules or forms, it must obtain the approval of the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure to publish the proposed amendment for public comment. During the comment period, the public is encouraged to submit written comments and may also request to testify at public hearings on the proposed amendment.

On June 7, 2022, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (Standing Committee) approved publication of proposed amendments to the following:

  • Appellate Rules 32, 35, 40, and Appendix on Length Limits
  • Bankruptcy Restyled Rules Parts VII to IX; Rules 1007, 4004, 5009, 7001, 9006, and proposed new Rule 8023.1
    • Official Bankruptcy Form 410A
  • Civil Rule 12
  • Evidence Rules 611, 613, 801, 804, and 1006.

The comment period is open from August 15, 2022 to February 16, 2023. Read the text of the proposed amendments and supporting materials:

How to Submit or Review Comments on the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules & Forms 

Written comments are welcome on each proposed amendment. The advisory committees will review all timely comments, which are made part of the official record and are available to the public. The comment period closes on February 16, 2023.

Comments and supporting files must be submitted electronically using the portal. Follow the online instructions for submitting or reviewing comments at under the general FAQs section.

Public Hearings

Members of the public who wish to present testimony may appear at scheduled hearings on the proposed amendments. Requests must be received at least 30 days prior to the hearing dates. Hearings are subject to cancellation due to lack of requests to testify.