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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 22, 2021, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (Standing Committee) approved publication of proposed amendments to the following:

  • Appellate Rules 2 and 4;
  • Bankruptcy Restyled Rules for the 3000 to 6000 Series; Rules 3002.1, 3011, and 8003; and new Rule 9038;
    • Official Bankruptcy Forms 101, 309E1, 309E2, and 417A; and new Official Forms 410C13-1N, 410C13-1R, 410C13-10C, 410C13-10NC, and 410C13-10R;
  • Civil Rules 15, 72, and new Rule 87;
  • New Criminal Rule 62; and
  • Evidence Rules 106, 615, and 702.

The comment period was open from August 6, 2021 to February 16, 2022. Read the text of the proposed amendments at Records of the Rules Committees and read the comments received at Archive of Proposed Rule and Form Amendments. For information on the process of adopting a rule amendment after the close of the comment period, please see Overview for the Bench, Bar, and Public.

Public Hearings

Transcripts of public hearings, if any, can be found at transcripts of public hearings.