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Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

When an advisory committee recommends an amendment to the rules, 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.

In 2018, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved publication of proposed amendments to the following rules:

  • Appellate Rules 35, 40;
  • Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 2004, 8012;
  • Civil Rule 30; and
  • Evidence Rule 404.

The comment period opened August 15, 2018 and closed February 15, 2019. Read the text of the proposed amendments and supporting materials:

Preliminary Draft of Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, and Civil Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence (pdf)

Public Hearings

Members of the public who wish to present testimony may appear at public hearings on the proposed amendments.

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

Written comments are welcome on each rule proposal. 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 for the rules posted in 2018 closed on February 15, 2019.  There are currently no rules published for comment.  The next comment period will start mid-August 2019.

Detailed instructions on how to submit a comment are given in the Regulations.gov FAQs.