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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 23, 2020, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (Standing Committee) approved publication of proposed amendments to the following:

  • Appellate Rule 25;
  • Bankruptcy Restyled Rules Parts I and II; Rules 1007, 1020, 2009, 2012, 2015, 3002, 3010, 3011, 3014, 3016, 3017.1, 3017.2 (new), 3018, 3019, 5005, 7004, and 8023; and Official Forms 101, 122B, 201, 309E-1, 309E-2, 309F-1, 309F-2, 314, 315, and 425A;
  • Civil Rule 12 and Supplemental Rules for Social Security Review Actions Under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g); and
  • Criminal Rule 16.

The comment period was open from August 14, 2020 to February 16, 2021. Read the text of the proposed amendments and supporting materials.

Public Hearings

Find available transcripts of public hearings.

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.

Comments and supporting files must be submitted electronically using the portal. After choosing the appropriate link below, click the "Comment Now!" button to bring up the comment form. You can then enter your submitter information and attach your comment as a file (up to 10MB), or type your comment directly into the form. When you have finished attaching or typing your comment, click the "Continue" button and you will be directed to the “Your Preview” screen. Once you are satisfied with your comment, click the "Submit Comment" button to send your comment to the relevant advisory committee. Upon completion, "Your Receipt" will be viewable on screen with a comment tracking number. To receive an email copy of your receipt, click on the “Email Receipt” button.

Detailed instructions on how to view regulations or submit comments are given in the section.