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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 is open from August 6, 2021 to February 16, 2022. 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. The comment period closes on February 16, 2022.

Comments and supporting files must be submitted electronically using the regulations.gov portal. After choosing the appropriate link below, click the "Comment" 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 "Submit Comment" button to send your comment to the relevant advisory committee. Upon completion, a comment tracking number is generated on screen.

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